About the Department
Public Administration Mission
Changing Policy, Changing Lives
The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS) strives to advance the public interest and civic engagement by preparing students with innovative integration of theory and practice. Access to a diverse and networked community of public affairs students, practitioners, and scholars is an important aspect of the UIS MPA program.
We take seriously our role in producing many of Illinois’ next generation of public servants. 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.