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.

Current News

We are currently accepting applications for our Master in Public Administration program and the Graduate Certificate in Public Management.

Register for the 50th Anniversary Gala.

Download H. George Fredrickson's paper, Bureaucrats without Boarders: Public Management and the End of Geography that was presented and discussed at a special 50th Anniversary presentation co-sponsored by the ILCMA Professional Development Committee and the Metro Managers on March 20th.

Congratulations to NIU MPA Alum Todd Schmidt (MPA '99), for recently being named one of Madison's 40 Under 40 by InBusiness Magazine.  You make us proud, Todd!!

We are a feature article in the Winter Issue of Northern Now magazine. We're "leading the pack" at NIU!

Order NIU MPA gear!

Get information regarding an upcoming workshop, "Being Smart About Your Charitable Giving" presented by Dr. Alicia Schatteman

See what our MPA students are up to at the American Public Works Association's first Futures Program!

See what the program is planning and where our graduates are working!