Master of Public Affairs (MPA)

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Learn to lead for the greater good

Our interdisciplinary nature sets us apart. It’s a program based on doing, designed to prepare skilled, principled, and creative leaders.

You’ll learn how to address society’s complex, interconnected problems through a traditional public administration and policy analysis curriculum blended with recent academic advances in leadership and governance. And, you’ll graduate with the skills you will need for a career in any sector—public, private, or nonprofit.

  • American Red Cross, Manager 
  • Booz Allen Hamilton, Energy Communication Specialist - Senior Consultant 
  • Chicago Housing Authority, Senior Energy Analyst
  • Crowe Horwath LLP, Healthcare Consultant
  • Cummins, Corporate Responsibility Program Manager
  • Deloitte, Business Technology Analyst
  • Federal Election Commission, Campaign Finance Analyst
  • GAO, Analyst
  • Grant Thornton, Global Public Sector Associate
  • Habitat For Humanity, International Senior Analyst
  • Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Project Manager - Wetlands, Lakes, and Streams
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness, Development Associate
  • Nestle, Safety Health and Environmental Specialist
  • New York City Department of Education, Co-Director, Mastery Collaborative
  • PWC, Management Consultant Senior Analyst
  • The Nature Conservancy, Urban Conservation Program Associate
  • U.S. Agency for International Development, South Syrian Assistance Platform Program Management Assistant
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration Officer
  • United Nations, Project Assistant
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency, Presidential Management Fellow and Environmental Protection Specialist

The MPA Program

2years to complete

48credit hours

Consider a dual degree

Get more education in less time with a dual degree—earning two master's degrees in less time than it would take to earn each degree separately. Combine your MPA with a MAAA or an MSES degree and further your career possibilities.

Our program mission statement, goals, and values

To foster the preeminent community of principled, creative, and skilled practitioners and leaders who serve the public good from an interdisciplinary and global perspective.

  • Instilling the interdisciplinary knowledge and skills needed to effectively address problems through objective and evidence-based analysis, implementation, and evaluation of policies;
  • Positioning our graduates to excel in the public, non-profit, and private sectors where they contribute to the public good by addressing social, economic, environmental, and governance challenges efficiently, effectively, and equitably;
  • Developing students from diverse backgrounds who can understand and manage the complexity and dynamics of contemporary issues in public affairs;
  • Fostering and modeling professional ethics such as fairness, compassion, accountability, transparency, and respect for the rule of law;
  • Producing high-quality policy-oriented research and professional service that focuses on significant issues in public affairs, and creating innovative opportunities for students to learn from and collaborate with leading scholars and practitioners.

  • Being dedicated to service in the public interest, and contributing to the public;
  • Utilizing skills and creativity to address public problems;
  • Exhibiting professional ethics, including accountability and transparency;
  • Using resources efficiently and responsibly;
  • Acting with caring and compassion, demonstrating equity and fairness, and respecting views expressed by citizens and public servants; and
  • Upholding the public trust and democratic ideals, such as the rule of law, the protection of individual liberties, and intellectual freedom.

Learn from the best

Our faculty members are scholars, practitioners, and educators. Their wide-ranging research and service activities around the globe result in practical and professional applications of public affairs theories in the classroom, where they draw not just from their own education but also their experience.

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