The Department

Great cities need great leadership!

Our world is increasingly urban and our leaders must understand the complex problems and governance challenges of urban regions. UIC’s Department of Public Administration (DPA) provides an opportunity for students to study public administration, public policy, and urban leadership in the vibrant urban laboratory provided by the metropolitan Chicago region.

Chicago is the third most populous city in the U.S. and our region has more local governments than any other metropolitan area in the U.S. The State of Illinois and the U.S. Government have large workforces based here and the Chicago region has more nonprofit organizations than virtually any other region in the U.S.

Chicago is the best place in the world to study the most important public issues of our time, and we offer degree programs for people interested in making a difference on public issues through careers in the public, nonprofit, or private sectors.

Our programs in Chicago provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to effectively confront the problems that challenge the civic, fiscal, and economic sustainability of our neighborhoods, cities, and regions and to lead the organizations and policy networks critical to the quality of life in our urban communities.

We offer:
Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy
Master of Public Administration
Accelerated MPA
Doctorate in Public Administration
Graduate Certificate in Survey Research Methods

We are ranked:
• 1st of all public affairs departments in Illinois,
• 2nd among public universities and 8th overall in research productivity
• 9th nationally in urban policy and city management,
• 26st in public finance and budgeting,
• 37th of the 266 programs nationwide included in the most recent ranking of departments published by the U.S. News and World Report (2012).

We feature:
• Accreditation by the Network of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA),
• Students that are part of a vibrant community of scholars engaged in urban issues,
• A faculty and staff of more than 20 full- and part-time teachers, administrators, and researchers,
• Research and teaching emphases on financial management and analysis, public and nonprofit management, and urban leadership and policy.

Our college home is UIC’s vibrant, urban driven College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs; a nationally recognized innovator in education, research, and engagement in support of the nation’s cities and metropolitan areas.

CUPPA features:
• Nine affiliated research centers converging around issues of urban affairs,
• Editorial home of the Urban Affairs Review,
• Two academic departments with degree programs in Public Administration, Public Policy, and Urban Planning.
• Teaching and research commitment to integrating theory and practice and to advancing our understanding of economic, political, and social disparities, local government finance, and regional and civic governance.

I joined UIC in fall 2014 and am excited about this university as a setting for my research and as a place for our students to tackle the issues that will define this country and much of the world in the coming decades. My career has taken me from the suburban sprawl of South Florida, to historic Charleston, onto distressed and depopulating Detroit, and most recently to the surprisingly vibrant Kansas City. I have great enthusiasm for public issues and urban life and I look forward to sharing this dedication with you. I encourage you to review the information on this website and to contact me with any questions you might have about our programs and how they might support your career goals.

See you soon,

Jered Carr

Professor and Department Head
Department of Public Administration


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