College of Public Affairs and Administration

Academic Year: 2009 – 2010

Pinky Wassenberg, Dean

The College of Public Affairs and Administration is at the forefront of the campus’ public affairs mission and service within the context of liberal arts and professional education. The college serves the capital city and the state of Illinois well in preparing its students to enter the workforce. A multidisciplinary approach to public affairs education and experiential learning is the foundation of this preparation. The College of Public Affairs and Administration is a leader in public affairs. We are engaged in excellent teaching, leading-edge scholarship, and public service to advance public discourse, improve government, and enhance public policy in Illinois, the nation, and our wider global community.

In addition to its undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates, the college also offers the only doctoral program on the UIS campus, the Doctor of Public Administration. Degree and certificate programs are offered by the college in traditional classroom environments in daytime, evening, and weekend classes and through online learning.

Degrees, Minors, and Certificates


Bachelor of Arts: Criminal Justice, Legal Studies, and Political Science

Undergraduate Minors: Criminal Justice, Environmental Studies, International Studies, and Political Science


Master of Arts: Environmental Studies, Legal Studies, Political Science, and Public Affairs Reporting

Master of Science: Environmental Sciences

Master of Public Administration

Master of Public Health

Graduate Certificates: Public Sector Labor Relations, Management of Nonprofit Organizations, Environmental Risk Assessment, Law for Human Services and Social Work, Community Health Education, Epidemiology, Environmental Health, Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security

Online Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Arts in Legal Studies
  • Master of Public Health with a concentration in Environmental Health


Doctor of Public Administration


Phone: (217) 206-6523