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.

Golf Outing

FORE!!!  Our annual golf outing is on September 24th at the Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club.  The scramble format makes it fun for everyone regardless of skill level.  Register to play and for sponsorship opportunities.   The event begins at 7:30 am with a shotgun start at 8:30 am.  Be prepared to have fun and enjoy your NIU family!



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.

Congratulations to the Class of 2014!

Class of 2014 photo

Click here to download photographs from the Hooding Ceremony.

Current News

Download photographs from the 50th Anniversary Gala.

Download H. George Fredrickson's paper, Bureaucrats without Borders: 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 our very own MPA student Laura Lake for being featured in Emerging Local Government Leaders.  Read about Laura's journey as she learns in NIU's classroom and works at her internship at the Village of Morton Grove.

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!

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


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


Photo of golf course