Master of Public Administration with an Emphasis in Government and Policy

Grand Canyon University's Master of Public Administration with an Emphasis in Government and Policy prepares students for careers in government roles in the public sector. Individuals looking to become government officials may benefit from this program as well as those who wish to pursue a variety of roles in local, state and federal government positions.

With an emphasis in Government and Policy, students will learn to apply administrative skills in the areas of leadership, human capital development, policy and governance. Students will be challenged to identify and provide solutions for the unique issues facing public sector organizations today. The relationships among the federal, state and municipal levels of government will be examined, along with the history of U.S. federalism and the competition among levels and branches of government.

Coursework in the Master in Public Administration degree examines how the challenges and problems facing society become policy issues. Selected topics on administration and constitutional law, including the exercise of governmental power, legislative and executive oversight, and rule making are also explored. Students will also learn how government and public organizations serve their stakeholders, the manner in which their services are carried out, how resources are managed, and how regulatory powers are complied with and/or managed.

This program is offered in the following formats or locations:


The dynamic capabilities of GCUs online curriculum offer considerable flexibility and convenience for career oriented professionals who are pursuing their educational goals. Full time faculty members, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Our small class sizes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Classes begin frequently.


The convenience of GCUs evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals. Evening classes meet once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom, filled with career minded individuals. Evening class sizes are kept small, providing a warm nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. Classes begin frequently at various locations.

Online and Evening program disclosures      

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.