Graduate Programs


Governments and nonprofits need ethical administrators with a broad range of skills and knowledge.

UToledo’s master’s degree program in Public Administration stands out for its broad scope. You will learn everything from budgeting and basic management to personnel administration and public policy process.

You can personalize your degree by focusing on an area of interest to you. One of our strengths is our partnerships with other UToledo departments and colleges, especially UToledo Law and the Economics and Geography and Planning departments.

We offer a dual J.D./M.P.A. degree and certificates in Municipal Administration, Nonprofit Management  and GIS.

Top Reasons to Study public administration at UToledo

  1. Flexibility.
    Enroll part time or full time. Take online, in-person or blended courses. We cater to working professionals. All of our core M.P.A. classes are offered online or after 4 p.m. from Monday through Thursday.
  2. Dual J.D./M.P.A. degree.
    Law and Public Administration are a natural fit. Receive double credit for your course work — 12 credit hours can be used toward both degrees.
  3. Early admission.

    Get a head start in the master’s program if you are an advanced UToledo undergraduate who is:

    • Majoring in any of the Social Sciences or
    • Minoring in Political Science or Public Administration

    Three courses (or nine credit hours) can be applied to both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees — all for undergraduate instructional fees. Contact the M.P.A. program director for requirements.

Our faculty members are active in professional research and community service. They have interests including:

  • Environmental politics (U.S. and international)
  • Policy implementation and analysis
  • Public service motivation
  • Policy diffusion
  • Urban politics and policy


What jobs can I get with a public administration degree?

Graduates of the Public Administration master’s degree program are well prepared to step into leadership positions in government and at nonprofit agencies.

Master’s program graduates are able to:

  • Lead and manage in public and nonprofit organizations
  • Participate in and contribute to making and implementing public policies in your community
  • Analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems and make decisions that impact individuals and communities
  • Understand the need for and apply ethical decision-making in public and nonprofit organizations
  • Communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry






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Last Updated: 11/16/23