Programs

The College has been preparing Illinois leaders in government, politics, and public service since UIS’ founding. Faculty members are engaged with their practitioner colleagues in government and support agencies, and they make significant contributions to the design and dissemination of best practices in government and policy. UIS’ location in the state capital and proximity to headquarters of state agencies, associations, and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library offers students, staff, and faculty educational and co-curricular opportunities designed to encourage life-long civic engagement and public service. In addition, the College offers public-oriented degrees in key areas of environmental studies, criminology and criminal justice, legal studies, and public health. The College offers the University’s only doctoral program, the Doctor of Public Administration.

Graduate certificates provide students with an opportunity to gain specialized knowledge at the graduate level while requiring less coursework than would be required for a full degree. A graduate certificate can be a good choice for students who have completed a baccalaureate degree, but who do not seek a full master’s degree; for students who are pursuing a master’s degree and wish to use the graduate certificate coursework as an area of interest; and for students who have completed master’s degrees and who desire additional coursework related to their job responsibilities.

Undergraduate Programs

Management of Public Policy

Management of Public
Policy

The program seeks to capitalize on the University’s location in the state capitol, and traditional focus on Public Affairs. The program features opportunities for practical learning through access to state government and historical sites, faculty with experience in government, and internship experiences.
Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy

Nonprofit Management
and Philanthropy

The Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy program is designed to prepare students to advance the public interest and civic engagement. Students are prepared through an integration of theory and practice.
State and Local Government Management

State and Local
Government Management

The program seeks to capitalize on the University’s location in the state capitol, and traditional focus on Public Affairs. The program features opportunities for practical learning through access to state government and historical sites, faculty with experience in government, and internship experiences.
Integrated BPA-MPA

Integrated BPA-MPA

The Integrated BPA-MPA program is designed to prepare students to advance the public interest and civic engagement. Students are prepared through an integration of theory and practice.

Graduate Programs

Masters of Public Affairs

Masters of Public
Administration

MPA curricular requirements are designed to impart knowledge and skills essential to meet pressing public problems and to be successful in professional and administrative employment in public and nonprofit sectors.
Online

Online

The online degree allows students to participate in dynamic, diverse, and interactive online learning communities and to complete their degrees via the Internet. The online format enables them to complete course work using the latest networked information technologies for increased access to educational resources, advisors, and materials with no on-campus visits required.
Public Administration and Public Health

Public Administration
and Public Health

The MPA Department and the UIS Department of Public Health have established a joint degree in accordance with university policy. Students interested in this joint degree can contact either the MPA or MPH office.

Graduate Certificates

Community Planning

Community Planning

The Graduate Certificate in Community Planning is designed to prepare public administrators to participate in community planning activities primarily at the municipal, township, or county level, but also in state agencies concerned with planning.
Nonprofit Management

Nonprofit Management

The Graduate Certificate in Management of Nonprofit Organizations requires 18 hours of course work. Individuals may take these courses and earn the certificate part time without being formally enrolled in any degree program, or may complete it as part of a degree program.
Public Procurement Management

Public Procurement
Management

The Graduate Certificate in Public Procurement Management offers students an entry into the specialization of public procurement. Public procurement is a sub-field of public administration emphasizing purchasing, supply chain management, and project management through effective strategies, proper planning and collaborative execution.
Public Sector Labor Relations

Public Sector
Labor Relations

The Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Labor Relations is intended for professionals in the field of public sector labor relations, for individuals in the field of public sector human resource management who wish to upgrade their skills in labor relations, for individuals interested in pursuing union leadership roles, or for those who are beginning their careers and wish to prepare for a career working in or with public sector labor relations.
Child Advocacy Studies

Child Advocacy Studies

The CAST curriculum includes core courses aimed at increasing knowledge of key child maltreatment concepts. These courses are offered entirely online, so the certificate may be completed without ever setting foot on campus. Students interested in this certificate have a few choices for completing it.

Professional Doctorate

Professional Doctorate

Professional Doctorate

The Doctor of Public Administration (DPA) program is specifically designed to meet the educational needs of experienced practitioners in administrative and governmental positions at the state and local levels and in the nonprofit community.