College of Public Affairs and Administration

We will Prepare You to Lead and to Advocate for Change

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

Students at the state captialLocated in the Illinois’ capital city, there is no better place than the College of Public Affairs and Administration for you to launch a lifetime devoted to the service of others and to the betterment of our communities. Whether you are interested in politics, social movements and/or the study of public institutions or you see yourself tackling issues of poverty, climate change, social injustice, or issues in the workplace, 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. Whatever degree program you choose, we will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to make a difference and to pursue a meaningful career.

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!

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Degrees That Make a Difference


Undergraduate Programs

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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 that reduce the time necessary to complete a master’s degree.


Graduate Programs

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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 you move to the next level in your career and maximize your impact.

Be a fully online student, blend your classes (take some online, take some on campus), or take them all on campus- the choice is yours at UIS.

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