About the Department
Department of Public Administration Mission
Changing Policy, Changing Lives
Our MPA Program is our oldest academic program. The MPA program strives to advance the public interest and civic engagement. We educate current and future governmental and nonprofit public service professionals through the innovative integration of disciplinary knowledge and skills with practice. Our location in the state capital provides access to a diverse networked community of public affairs scholars, practitioners, and students.
The development of our graduate certificate programs and our new undergraduate degree in public administration represent growth as we have seen the need to provide new public service education options.
Illinois State Capitol We take seriously our role in producing many of Illinois’ next generation of public servants. With our online program we have become more diverse and now contribute more to public service in many contexts nationally.
We engage students in research that seeks to improve government and public service. While teaching a skill set that includes budget and finance, organizational behavior, human resource management, quantitative and statistical analysis, policy analysis, and program evaluation, our program stresses ethical behavior and an appreciation for the basic values and processes of the American democracy.
Students come first in the MPA. Faculty advisers meet with students to choose the best classes to obtain the degree and to meet individual educational goals from the beginning semester. Staff is always willing to assist students in navigating the institution from initial registration to graduation.
The MPA, undergraduate program and certificate programs are offered by the faculty of our department. The Department of Public Administration is located in the College of Public Affairs and Administration.
How Are We Doing?
- Examples of our Student/Graduate Jobs
- Search for us on NASPAA site to see report statistics
- We are around 200 students and 10 faculty strong. Big enough to provide a variety of courses and skill areas and a good faculty student ratio.
Most of our students complete the MPA degree within two to two and one half years. The table below reflects our graduation rates within the time frames indicated. Note that part time students may take longer to complete the degree.
Cumulative Graduation RateInitially Enrolled Students (2010) Graduated in 2.5 Years Graduated in 3.75 Years Graduated in Five Years
45 20 29 32
Our program is currently undergoing an extensive assessment process. The success in meeting learning outcomes will be made available to NASPAA (our accrediting agency) who will make the results of this review available publically. We will provide the link to that report when it is available.