MPA Mission Statement: The UIC MPA program promotes excellence through professional education in a diversity of public service careers in public, nonprofit, and private sectors, informed by scholarly research, engaged with administrative and policy communities, and dedicated to ethical and equitable practice.

Why pursue an MPA Degree?

Are you committed to bettering your neighborhood, your community, your country? Interested in serving the public? Dedicated to improving the human condition through public service? Are you civic minded?

An MPA degree can provide you with an opportunity to influence the communities you live in – the cities, states, and nations around the world. Employment demand for professionals to provide leadership, financial management, policy analysis, and other such skills has never been stronger.

Why pursue an MPA at UIC?

Quality Instruction UIC-MPA program faculty are nationally recognized scholars producing prolific scholarship, allowing for cutting-edge research to filter into MPA classrooms. The placement of the faculty’s scholarship is often recognized in top-tier outlets, including Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Public Administration Review, Public Budgeting and Finance, Review of Public Personnel Management, American Review of Public Administration, Public Productivity and Management Review, Urban Affairs Review, American Journal of Political Science, Social Science Quarterly, Publius as well as M.E. Sharpe and Georgetown University Press. This research brings first-rate scholarship into the classrooms, providing intellectual excitement and critical thinking necessary for a successful MPA program curriculum. The energy and enthusiasm with which faculty attack the intellectual challenges of the discipline are replicated in the classroom, as students and faculty connect the research findings and frameworks to their readings and assignments.

Recognizing the multidisciplinary nature of the field, the UIC-MPA program faculty represents many disciplines. Their academic training and research interests cover a broad range of relevant areas including law, management, political science, statistics and research methods, survey research, sociology, economics, business, organizational theory and decision making, human resources, budgeting and finance, and information technology.  The program’s full-time faculty is complemented by several distinguished, adjunct professors who are recognized practitioners in the areas of public policy, management, and administration.

The MPA Program is accredited by The National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).  To achieve this status, the MPA Program must meet certain curricular and operational standards that demonstrate the quality of the curriculum, faculty and student support services. UIC is the only fully accredited MPA program by NASPAA in the Chicago area.


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