Masters in Public Administration

The mission of Hawaii Pacific University’s Masters in Public Administration (MPA) program is to provide students, especially non-traditional students, with career options and occupation opportunities in the U.S. Federal Government, State, City, and local governments, as well as nonprofit organizations. Focusing on the formal and practical study of executive management and institutional structure while recognizing the need for flexibility without sacrificing academic integrity, students will receive preparation to serve as supervisors, managers and leaders in the public service domain. Innovative course design and related program partnerships will provide both traditional and distance learning course delivery alternatives empowering our students to live, work and learn in an ever-changing global society.

The concentration of criminal justice within the MPA focuses on the expansion of conceptual and practical knowledge critical to fulfillment of leadership roles in criminal justice or in the social services.

  • The MPA provides an education for careers in the U.S. federal, state and local governments.
  • Classes are geographically positioned downtown Honolulu across from government career centers.
  • It offers elective courses or the choice of a concentration in Criminal Justice or Nonprofit Management.
  • This Masters degree is a 1-year program if students take 2 courses each in the 6, 8-week terms.

  • Learn how public administration and leadership differ from management in the private sector.
  • Prepare for jobs in government, charitable organizations, or any other nonprofit organizations.
  • Have access to several topical and current publications in Public Administration.
  • Share their course-related experiences with other master degree program majors at HPU.

  • Application
  • $55 Application Fee
  • Official Transcript:  reflecting conferred bachelor's degree.  Master's if applicable.
  • Resume
  • Statement of purpose/essay
  • 2 letters of recommendation