Local Government Management

Leadership at the local level

With a concentration in Local Government Management, you’ll understand the unique challenges facing cities and population centers—and how to address them with creativity, integrity, and professionalism. You’ll be able to make substantive improvements at the local level, bringing solutions to where people live. This comprehensive curriculum is just part of why we're ranked #8 in local government management by U.S. News & World Report.

How to apply

4Local Government Management MPA students (Spring 2021)

#8Local Government Management program

Learn by experience

Our MPA offers far more than traditional lectures and lessons. You’ll also get the benefit of experiential learning—typically through an approved internship. What’s more, your concentration’s course work will culminate in a project-oriented course—a Capstone—that lets you apply the knowledge you gained throughout the program.

Class learning on location at the Bloomington Public Safety Training Center.
Learning about water quality at the Plainfield Water Plant.

Learn from faculty with expertise and experience in local government management


Clinical Associate Professor

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Senior Lecturer

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Ryan O’Connor, MPA’08

Deputy County Manager, Ramsey County, Minnesota

“From budgeting to strategic planning to managing people and projects across a large organization, I rely upon the skills and professional relationships developed at O’Neill to drive and sustain progress throughout my work.”


Noor Shaikh, MPA’16

Budget Analyst, City of Aurora, Colorado

“I started my fellowship position the summer after graduation and have since been hired on as a financial analyst in the Office of Budget and Financial Planning at the city. I … am constantly reminded of my professors at O’Neill who shaped how I think about public policy—and my cohort who inspired me to pursue a career where I believe I can make the biggest difference.”

Christopher Emge, MPA’16

Manager of Talent and Education, The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce, Indiana

“Keep an open mind when serving the public good. There are many nonprofit/public sector positions out there that may not be changing the world, but they are making the neighborhood a nicer place to live.”

50 years at O'Neill