About the Department

Public Administration Mission

Changing Policy, Changing Lives

Our 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.

Illinois State CapitolWe 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 natinoally.

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.

How Are We Doing?

Graduation Rate

The table below reflects our graduation rates within the time frames indicated.  Note that part time students may take longer to complete the degree.




Learning Outcomes

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.

Students, Grads, Faculty at PA Conference

Students, Grads, Faculty at PA Conference