Lead your career with Centenary’s Online Leadership MPA

Online MLPA Program

Do more than just manage – become a leader!

Are you interested in an online Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree, but want to set yourself apart? Centenary College’s graduate program is committed to producing exceptional leaders, making our Master of Arts in Leadership and Public Administration (MLPA) online program a cut above the rest.

Our 30 credit-hour online program emphasizes academic excellence and professional leadership. Our accelerated curriculum means you can have an MLPA degree in less than two years – working around your schedule.

Whether you’re a manager/administrator for law enforcement or fire services, a governmental agency, a healthcare or nonprofit organization, or a for-profit business – we know you have to constantly update your professional skill set to meet the challenges of an increasingly complex society.

Centenary’s online MLPA program gives you the resources to master these management challenges – and the leadership abilities to command your future. Our students gain a deep understanding of public administration, learn the latest research methodologies, and build managerial expertise through a rigorous online curriculum featuring small class sizes and customized personal development.

Why Choose Centenary’s Leadership MPA (MLPA)?

  • Learn real-world solutions from experienced, knowledgeable faculty in a rigorous academic environment
  • Access classes from anywhere you have an Internet connection with Centenary’s innovative technology
  • Interact online with your MLPA professors and fellow students and build a professional network

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$2,500 MLPA Scholarship

All students enrolled in the April 27th MLPA cohort will receive a scholarship or tuition discount of at least $2,500.

Online MLPA Goals

Centenary College’s online Master of Arts in Leadership and Public Administration (MLPA) program prepares you to advance into supervisory and management positions in the public and private sectors. This program is similar to a traditional Master of Public Administration (MPA) curriculum – with an added emphasis on outstanding leadership practices and skills.Successful MLPA program graduates will:

  • Know management and leadership concepts – and the differences between these approaches
  • Understand the importance of quality leadership and embrace a desire to become a true leader
  • Learn the skills required for effective personnel management and administration
  • Manage effective employee evaluation strategies
  • Design and implement practical strategies for employee development programs

Our online MLPA program centers on cohort-based learning: you will become part of a close-knit group of fellow students who progress together through the program. Once enrolled, your cohort begins with simultaneous 16-week courses, followed by eight 8-week individual courses, taken one at a time, until you complete your degree in less than 24 months.

Online MLPA Courses

Centenary College’s online Master of Arts in Leadership and Public Administration (MLPA) degree is a 30 credit-hour program. Students complete the program in less than 24 months, depending on specific start dates.

Courses in Centenary’s online accelerated MLPA program are similar to a traditional Master of Public Administration (MPA) curriculum, delivered in the following sequence:

  • Two 16-week simultaneous courses which introduce learners to the online format
  • Two 8-week consecutive courses until program completion
Simultaneous Introductory Courses
6 credits
GLP 602 (3)
Advanced Written Communication
Learn the special stylistic and organizational techniques to prepare clear and understandable written information for today's global business environment. Special emphasis is placed on APA formatting requirements for academic, private, and public sector communications, while also preparing class members to develop comprehensive portfolios of their graduate education project materials.
GLP 510 (3)
Introduction to Leadership
Experience a comprehensive introduction to the philosophies and methods necessary for effective leadership. Students will examine and learn individual and group leadership skills. Understand the difference between "leader" and "manager," evaluate leadership skills, vision, goals, and study the role of "followership."
Required Remaining Courses
24 credits
GLP 520 (3)
Introduction to Public Administration
Examine the administrative branch of government and be introduced to the concepts, methods, skills, opportunities, and problems in contemporary public administration. Course content includes management of resources, the role of politics in public administration, inter- and intra-organizational operations, union and management relations, and public interaction.
GLP 530 (3)
Personnel Administration
Participate in an overview of the personnel functions of public employees - including personnel administration, personnel policies and procedures, employee-management relations, and employee selection and development.
GLP 540 (3)
Effective Management Practices
Understand the principles of management including planning, organizing, leading, and controlling within an organization. Examine the role of the manager, management skills and techniques, strategic planning, developing and implementing plans, and span of control.
GLP 620 (3)
Ethical Issues in the Public Sector
Probe the ethical dimensions of personal and professional judgments in the public sector. Students examine the principles, values, and ethical issues that directly impact employees in the public sector. Use case studies to review current issues common to public sector ethics.
GLP 630 (3)
Employee Evaluation and Development
Develop an understanding of the importance of effectively evaluating employees and how to work with them toward their continual development. Learn how to evaluate jobs and positions, match people to vacancies, performance reviews, and understand career planning and development.
GLP 623 (3)
Conflict Resolution
Examine the nature of conflict and the idea that conflict is often necessary for change to occur. Study the different ways people deal with conflict and explore the methods and strategies of conflict resolution, reasons for conflict, the levels of conflict, and the types of conflict. Review, analyze, and apply strategies for mediation and conflict resolution.
GLP 603 (3)
Organizational Behavior
Explore human behavior and the overall functioning of organizational structures on three levels: the individual, the group, and the organization. Examine these issues both from a theoretical and practical standpoint. Topics include group dynamics and group process, organizational structure, conflict management, and organizational change.
GLP 610 (3)
Professional Leadership Development
Expand your leadership skills and abilities by exploring proven leadership principles. Learn leadership tools including innovative and creative thinking, team building, effective communication, problem-solving, supervising and training employees, power and influence, and planning for the future.

30% Tuition Discount for Sworn/Full-time Law Enforcement and Fire: Actively Serving or Retired

Qualified recipients receive 30% tuition discount to our MLPA program

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