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.

Program Disclosure

Category Non-Traditional Traditional
Books & Supplies (Per Program) $1,045 $1,410
Tuition & Fees (Per Program) $21,450 $15,720
Room & Board (Per Program, If Applicable) $3,285
On Time Graduation Rate 80% N/A
Median Private Loan Debt $0 N/A
Median TIV Loan Debt $33,636 N/A
Median Institutional Financing Plan Debt N/A N/A

Program SOC

Occupations
Legislators
Administrative Services Managers
Social and Community Service Managers
General and Operations Managers
  1. It is the policy of the University to collect and remit sales, use, excise and/or gross receipts taxes in compliance with state and local taxing jurisdiction regulations which require the University to remit tax where applicable. These regulations vary by location. Please note: It is also the policy of the University to require payment of sales, use, excise, and/or gross receipts tax. Payment of tax is ultimately the student's financial responsibility to the University regardless of financing arrangements. Per Hawaii requirements: It is hereby stated that students residing in the State of Hawaii will be charged Hawaii General Excise Tax on all transactions. Students living in the District of Oahu will be charged 4.5%. Students residing in other Hawaii districts will be charged 4.0%.
  2. Book costs are based on an average. Costs may increase or decrease depending on electronic availability or publisher's book costs.
  3. Room and board costs may be higher or lower depending on housing and meal plan choice. This number is based on an average for students on campus.
  4. Some Non-Traditional programs may be offered on the ground campus or on-line.
  5. N/A identifies that a program is not offered in that modality or that fewer than 10 students graduated within the reported timeframe.
  6. Tuition and Fees for each program are based on current rates. Future Tuition and Fee Rates may vary. Tuition was calculated using the number of credit hours in the program times the current tuition rate and includes the Graduation Fee. Full time students enrolled at a program taken at the main campus include a Student Activity Fee, charged every semester. Online programs include a one time Learning Management Fee. Some programs may also include additional fees based on course materials.
  7. On-time graduation rates and median loan debt are based on students who graduated in the 2011-2012 award year.
  8. Not all GCU programs are available in all states and in all learning modalities.
  9. Program availability is contingent on student enrollment.

Online/Evening program disclosures

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

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