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Welcome to the Department of Public Administration

The Department of Public Administration was founded with the mission to advance excellence in public service management and our degree programs have a dramatic effect on the lives of our graduates. The Master in Public Administration (MPA) will serve you as a practical management guide as well as a passport to a better career.

Top Ranking, Long Legacy

Graduate school rankings from U.S. News & World Report indicate NIU is one of the best universities in the country for city management and public finance with a focus on developing core competencies in budgeting and financial management, personnel management, decision making, communications, leadership, and teamwork.  Learn some of the many reasons why NIU is one of the best Public Administration programs in the country.