About the Department

Department of Public Administration Mission

Changing Policy, Changing Lives

  • The MPA program strives to advance the public interest and civic engagement.
  • Our location in the state capital provides access to a diverse networked community of public affairs scholars, practitioners, and students.
  • The development of our graduate certificate programs and our new undergraduate degree in public administration represent growth as we have seen the need to provide new public service education options.
  • Illinois State CapitolWith our online program we have become more diverse and now contribute more to public service in many contexts nationally.
  • The department teaches skill sets that include budget and finance, organizational behavior, human resource management, quantitative and statistical analysis, policy analysis, and program evaluation.
  • Staff is always willing to assist students in navigating the institution from initial registration to graduation.

Our program utilizes an ongoing assessment of student learning process to meet NASPAA accreditation standards.