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Master of Public Administration

Master of Public Administration

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2 years

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Qualification type

MPA - Master of Public Administration

Subject areas

Public Administration Social Policy / Administration

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Course Summary

Develop skills to shape the future of public administration

Public service managers face increasingly fast-changing environments, combined with pressures to deliver more with less, navigate a complex policy context and enhance performance while sustaining public service values. Designed for professionals in public and non-profit organisations, the 100% online Master of Public Administration programme from the University of York equips you to rise to these challenges and make a positive impact on improving public service provision and public life.

You will learn how to analyse complex public management problems and lead change effectively while you develop your ability to manage through networks and partnerships. Upon graduation, you will be well placed to shape and deliver the public services of the future and move into more strategic roles in a wide range of public, non-profit and third sector organisations.

Advancing your career

This programme is aimed at ambitious professionals working in the public or non-profit sector who aim to further develop their knowledge and skills in the field of public administration and public policy. It is also well-suited to those in private sector roles with a link to public policy and public management. The knowledge and skills that you will gain – in combination with a qualification from a prestigious Russell Group university – will help enable you to move into public service roles with higher degrees of leadership responsibility and strategic impact.

York MPA graduates go on to a wide range of roles, including in government, international NGOs and charities, the NHS, leading consultancies and accountancy firms, universities, banks, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.


Social leadership is crucial for ensuring ethical conduct of organisations as well as for the pursuit of public value. This module introduces you to the importance of ethical social leadership, how it is developed, and how it can contribute to the pursuit of organisational ethics as well as wider public value.

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Entry requirements

Students should normally have at least a 2:1 undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification and the professional experience outlined below. If they don't have experience of undergraduate study or only of a lower standard, the application may be considered if they have a suitable professional background, as outlined below. Students should have professional experience in the public policy/public service/public administration/international development field. This could be in roles in local or national government, or in non-governmental, intergovernmental, or international organisations, the voluntary and charitable sector, and private sector roles which support or deliver public services, or which interact with policy making. The extent of experience should be at least on an early career level, with some degree of involvement in organisational decision making or with a clear career path towards such responsibilities.