Points of Pride

Welcome from Department Chair, Dr. Bob Blankenberger

We greatly appreciate your interest in public administration at UIS. I believe that our faculty are student centered as well as committed to scholarship and to public service. It is my hope that you will find the campus and program as valuable and exciting as I do.

The department is pleased to announce the reintroduction of the Doctor of Public Administration and Public Affairs under the leadership of Dr. Travis Bland. There are substantial changes to the makeup of the degree that we think will appeal to our community. To take a look at the innovations, please visit Doctor of Public Administration.

The department is also pleased to announce the introduction of a new Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration program and a new Graduate Certificate in Public Procurement Management.  The bachelor’s degree is intended to prepare students to become administrators in government and nonprofit organizations. See what one of our students says about attending UIS in the BA in Public Administration program.

The UIS Advantage:

  • Experience and Expertise
    UIS faculty combine innovation, academic training, and practical know-how.
  • Interdisciplinary Approach
    Allows for specialization in a variety of areas within public administration. Options include a concentration in criminal justice, a joint degree with Public Health, and certificates in nonprofit management and public sector labor relations.
  • National Accreditation
    Accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), the Master of Public Administration program offers professional graduate education.
  • Highly Ranked 
  • Interlocking Graduate Certificates
    • Complete a graduate certificate specialization simultaneously along with your MPA.
  • 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)