Learn from Distinguished Scholars and Experienced Leaders Online or On-Campus in the Illinois Capital City

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Government agencies, nonprofits, and human services rely on educated leaders to shape policies, promote social change, and manage organizations. Prepare for a rewarding career where leadership directly impacts the lives of others with the undergraduate and graduate-level programs from the Illinois capital city's School of Public Management and Policy.

With our top-ranked Master of Public Administration (MPA) program leading the way, all of our academic offerings blend theory with practical experience. As a result, you can develop the knowledge and expertise necessary for leadership roles within the public, nonprofit, and private sectors.

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Online & Campus-Based Degree Programs

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Bachelors of Public and Nonprofit Administration

Online management training for the governmental and nonprofit sectors.

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Master of Public Administration

The core professional degree for a management career in public service.

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Master of Public Policy

The core professional degree for a career analyzing complex social, political, and economic issues.

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Master of Human Services

The professional degree for a career improving the quality of life for all people.

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Doctor of Public Administration

The professional doctorate for the civic-minded.

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Graduate Certificates

Dive deeper into an area of interest through our graduate certificates.

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Undergraduate Minors

Go outside your selected major to broaden your skillset and explore new ways of thinking.


A Community that is Making a Difference in the World

Join the community that is at the center of the Illinois' world of public management and policy.

“Attending UIS and being a student in the MPA program exposed me to a diverse group of students and community leaders who are champions of change. Being able to make connections and build relationships with other alumni in nonprofit and government sectors has been helpful in advancing issues or overcoming obstacles in many situations. Through UIS, I have gained lifelong mentors, friends, and peers who will support me in my professional journey.”

~ Jerome Holston

Aug 01, 2023
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Oct 14, 2021
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Sep 11, 2021
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MPA or MPP? Here are some things to consider. Many people feel called to public service. They want to contribute to making their communities and the world…