Prepare to Lead and Advocate for Change

We are the University of Illinois System’s capital city connection for the study of public policy, affairs and administration.

Whether you're interested in politics, social movements, or the study of public institutions—we want to help you to take the next step in your educational journey. Our undergraduate and graduate degree programs will connect you with the action and opportunities that can only come from being the university located in the capital city.

Are you anxious about the future and not sure what your next best step might be? We are here to help you embrace the future with confidence!

Degrees that Make a Difference

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Undergraduate Programs

To inspire and develop the next generation of public service professionals, we offer seven undergraduate degrees and several integrated bachelor's/master's degree programs.

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Graduate Programs

We are a nationally-recognized leader in graduate public affairs education with a variety of on-campus and online offerings. Whatever your passion, we can help elevate you to the next level in your career.

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Online Programs

Whether you're located elsewhere or juggling multiple responsibilities, we believe you should receive the same high-quality education as if you were attending on campus.

Schools and Departments

Our undergraduate and graduate degree programs will connect you with opportunities unique to living and learning in a capital city. Whatever program you choose, we'll equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary for building a meaningful career—and for making a difference in local, national or even global communities.

Four Reasons to Choose the CPAA

A University of Illinois Degree

We are proud to be a part of one of three universities in the world-class University of Illinois System. Your CPAA degree will be among the most prestigious in the nation!

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World-Class Faculty

Boasting a 15:1 student-professor ratio, you will receive the personalized attention of some of the most distinguished scholars and professionals in the public affairs disciplines. Learn from faculty and staff who represent a wealth of practical experiences and a diversity of academic and methodological backgrounds. We are pleased to have Dr. Kenneth Kriz, one of seven Distinguished Professors, at UIS. Several of our faculty have been named a University of Illinois University Scholar, the top academic honor for the U of I, including, most recently, Dr. Richard Gilman-Opalsky.

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Capital City Connections

Thanks to our capital city location, CPAA graduates have found employment in the Illinois Statehouse, state agencies, lobbying firms and dozens of local nonprofits.

Extensive internship opportunities are available for undergraduate and graduate students, including: the Illinois Legislative Staff Internship Program in the Illinois General Assembly and the Graduate Public Service Internship Program in Illinois state agencies.

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Alumni Network

With a network that extends across the globe, CPAA alumni work in research, government, business, international relations, NGOs and non-profits. They mentor students, give guest lectures, offer valuable internship opportunities and provide critical financial support. Find out more on our About page.

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College of Public Administration & Affairs News

Apr 06, 2022
University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) undergraduate students now have the opportunity to earn both their bachelor’s degree and a law degree in six years (…
Nov 11, 2021
A U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report found 201,000 Illinoisans left their jobs in August alone. But here in Sangamon County, the unemployment rate went…
Oct 14, 2021
The U.S. economy is getting better, but at a slow rate. A local economist said there is still a way to go before we’re back to pre-pandemic levels.…
Aug 04, 2021
Dr. Ken Kruz Dr. Ken Kriz, Distinguished Professor of Public Administration on WGLT, NPR at ISU, about “Sales Tax Impact Is Murky For Normal As Rivian…
Aug 26, 2021
Starting Jan. 1, a new state task force will study the status of journalism across the state and make recommendations for improvement to the Illinois General…