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Master of Public Administration (MPA)

LMU Master of Public Administration Program

30 Credit Hours

Fully Online

Three Tracks: Public Administration,
Nonprofit Management, Health Care Policy

Program Overview

The LMU Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree is a fully online graduate degree program designed for those who wish to pursue leadership roles in the ever-expanding field of public service. Earning a master's degree in public administration opens the doors to a wide range of public service careers, including government administration, as well as community, nonprofit, or health care organization management. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics the job outlook for social and community service managers is extremely healthy. Jobs in the field are expected to grow "13% percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations" (see the full article here).

The LMU MPA program requires students to complete thirty (30) credit hours of coursework and provides tracks in General Public Administration, Nonprofit Management, and Health Care Policy. LMU MPA graduates may work in government agencies creating policy, overseeing agencies, or analyzing efficiencies. Those who work in community agencies may work for social welfare organizations or large health care organizations such as hospital systems, managing budgets or analyzing efficiencies. In the private sector, LMU MPA graduates hold consulting positions or work assisting companies in understanding policy making and management strategies.

The LMU Nonprofit Management Graduate Certificate
* Starting SPRING 2023! *

The Nonprofit Management Graduate Certificate (NMGC) at Lincoln Memorial University is offered for professionals working in or interested in nonprofit management programs. The program equips students with knowledge and skills for efficient, effective, and ethical management of nonprofit organizations.  

To complete the LMU NMGC, students must complete four MPA courses (12 Credit Hours) from among the following nonprofit management course options: 

  • PADM 601 Managing Public and Nonprofit Organizations
  • PADM 602 Nonprofit Marketing
  • PADM 603 Nonprofit Board Development
  • PADM 604 Nonprofit Fundraising
  • PADM 610 Special Topics in Nonprofit Management
  • PADM 613 Grant Proposal Writing for Public Administration 


Military Benefits

Lincoln Memorial University is proud to support our military at home and abroad with our fully online Master of Public Administration (MPA) program. With flexible course scheduling, the LMU MPA program is designed to meet the needs of service members and their families. Faculty and staff in the LMU MPA program can provide assistance in maximizing your education benefits, such as Post/9-11 GI Bill (CH 33). Also, be sure to review all benefits at .



For more information about the LMU Master of Public Administration (MPA) program, contact us via email ( or by phone (423.869.6764).


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