Department of Public Administration

The opportunity to find solutions to public problems is the driving force of those who seek careers in public administration.

Welcome to Public Administration at the University of Illinois at Springfield.  Prospective students may follow links below, while current students can find information here.  Please let us know if we can help in any way.

Welcome prospective students!

Are you a prospective student? The program is highly ranked by multiple organizations. Want to know what kinds of jobs our students and graduates have? See examples of student and graduate jobs. If you are looking for information on our programs, use the links to left.

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Meet our faculty!

News – UIS PA department welcomes Dr. Kenneth Kriz

We are excited to welcome Dr. Kenneth Kriz to the Public Administration department. Author of dozens of articles and book chapters, Dr. Kriz is a leading scholar in the field of public finance and budgeting.  He was hired as part of the University of Illinois system’s Distinguished Faculty Hiring Program.  For more information, please read President Killeen’s announcement of the 2018 Distinguished Faculty hires.  Dr. Kriz heads the newly created Institute for Illinois Public Finance which provides activities and research related to the study of public finance and budgeting in the state of Illinois.

News – UIS PA department welcomes Dr. Sean McCandless

The department enthusiastically welcomes Dr. Sean McCandless to the Public Administration department. Dr. McCandless comes to us after completing a post-doctorate and PhD in Public Affairs from the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver.  His research resides at the intersections of law (especially constitutional and state law), public management, and politics. He is presently focusing on LGBTQ issues in public administration and public policy, both in the US and in Latin America.

News – Undergraduate degree in public administration

The Public Administration Department, as of Fall 2016, offers an undergraduate degree in public administration. Bachelor’s students are encouraged to inquire about the degree and to consider the new degree as a part of their college education and experience. See what one of our students has to say about attending UIS and majoring in the program.

News – MPA program successfully completes reaccreditation

The UIS MPA faculty are pleased to announce that our MPA program completed the reaccreditation review with the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). The program’s accreditation is extended through August 31, 2023.

Our Programs:

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Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration

About the MPA

Apply to the Master of Public Administration

Doctoral Degree


NEW – Public Procurement Management

Public Sector Labor Relations
Community Planning
Emergency Prep/Homeland Security 

Child Advocacy Studies Professional Certification


PA Department in the News – Training for state child welfare investigators using the UIS Residential Simulation Lab

Public Administration faculty Dr. Betsy Goulet’s innovative work with the Department of Children and Family Services, utilizing the new Residential Simulation Lab to help train investigators, is the subject of an Illinois Times news article.  The dedication of the Lab took place April 25, 2016.  UIS MPA alum Brittany Hilderbrand authored the piece and an additional story on the lab and its dedication for the Times.

See other news about the PA Department at our “What’s New” web page.