Department of Public Administration
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Our mission is to improve the quality of life for all in local communities by strengthening professional and ethical public and nonprofit management through our teaching, scholarship and community engagement. As part of the School of Public and Global Affairs (SPGA), we offer graduate courses in public administration to enhance the knowledge, skills and leadership capacity of individuals pursuing public service careers.
Top-ranked Flexible Programs
The NIU Master of Public Administration program is an excellent choice if you are looking to advance your career in the field of public administration. Our M.P.A. degree program outranks all other public and private institutions in Illinois, as well as many other schools nationwide, according to U.S. News & World Report:
- 5th in the nation for Local Government Management
- 12th in Public Finance and Budgeting
- 53rd in overall public affairs by U.S. News & World Report
We also offer our M.P.A. degree online, making it convenient to access our outstanding curriculum. With our flexibility and excellent reputation, it comes as no surprise that one-third of all city and county managers in Illinois are alumni of our program.
Are you interested in pursuing a career in local government? The Illinois City/County Management Association (ILCMA) provides valuable resources for those looking to explore local government careers. You can find more information on local government careers on their website: ILCMA Local Government Careers.