Undergraduate Overview

Bachelor of Arts

Master of Public Administration
Doctor of Public Administration
Joint Graduate Degree – MPA/MPH
Graduate Certificates

www.uis.edu/publicadministration/ or www.uis.edu/dpa/
Email: mpa@uis.edu or dpa@uis.edu
Office Phone: (217) 206-6310
Office Location: PAC 420

Departmental Goals and Objectives

Public Administration is a field of study that prepares students to serve as managers in local, state, and federal government as well as the nonprofit sector. This interdisciplinary field applies the theories and methods of the social sciences to solve problems of governance and public service. Areas of study include the principles of public administration, management, organization theory, public policy, public budgeting, financial management, law, ethics and social science research methods.

Department of Public Administration Mission:

To contribute to improvement in the public and nonprofit sectors by:

  • Preparing  students for public service through quality Bachelor, Master and Doctoral degrees and graduate certificates;
  • Developing, sharing and applying knowledge

The UIS Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration degree program is designed to prepare students to advance the public interest and civic engagement. Students are prepared through an integration of theory and practice. The program seeks to capitalize on the University’s location in the state capitol, and traditional focus on Public Affairs. The program features opportunities for practical learning through access to state government and historical sites, faculty with experience in government, and internship experiences which are coordinated through the Internship and Prior Learning Program (http://www.uis.edu/appliedstudy/). In addition to required core courses, the program provides students an opportunity to specialize in tracks that are of particular interest to individual students given their career goals including Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy, State and Local Government Management, and Management of Public Policy.

Program outcomes:

By the time students graduate they should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of public administration in government
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of management and administration of public service organizations
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of public policy
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of organizational theory
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of public service ethics
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role and value of diversity
  • Apply critical thinking skills to public administration and policy problems
  • Employ research methods in the public administration context
  • Demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively
  • Demonstrate professional oral and written communication skills