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, current students can find additional information here, and help registering here.  Please let us know if we can help in any way.

Welcome prospective students!

Ranked #8 by for Online Master of Public Administration programs

The UIS MPA program is highly ranked by multiple organizations. Want to know what kinds of jobs our students and graduates have? See a list of examples of student and graduate jobs. If you are looking for information on our programs, please see degree program links below.

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Internship Opportunities

Many of our MPA students receive paid internships with state and local government and nonprofit organizations.

  • Graduate Public Service Internship Program (GPSI)
  • Illinois Legislative Staff Intern Program (ILSIP)

Build your credentials. MPA students can complete a graduate certificate along with their MPA degree by coordinating their electives and certificate courses.

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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.

News – undergraduate degree in public administration

The Public Administration Department’s proposed undergraduate degree in public administration was recently approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education. The first classes for the undergraduate degree began fall 2016.

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 written by UIS MPA alum Brittany Hilderbrand. The dedication of the Lab took place April 25, 2016. Brittany Hilderbrand also authored a story on the Lab and its dedication for the Illinois Times.

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