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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.

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 with leadership, financial management, policy analysis, and other skills imparted by the MPA degree has never been stronger.

Recognizing the multidisciplinary nature of the field, the UIC MPA program faculty represent mastery of 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, law, 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.

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Starting Fall 2015, the Department of Public Administration will be offering an accelerated MPA Program. The accelerated MPA is a full-time degree program designed to provide you with all of the requirements for an MPA while preparing you for a career in the public sector. Classes are scheduled so that full-time students can complete the program in 12 months. These courses will be offered during the day time and are available to both domestic and international students.

Although no academic program can guarantee career advancement, the MPA Program at UIC has an excellent track record in this regard. Graduates of UIC’s MPA Program have consistently demonstrated the ability to successfully compete for the most prestigious positions. We are particularly proud of this fact and view our graduates’ successes as perhaps the most important indicator of program quality. Included among the positions held by some of our graduates are:

Federal Government

State Government

Local Government

Non-Profit Organizations

Private Organizations

CUPPA has an Assistant Dean for Student Services and the MPA program has an Assistant Director, both of which assist students in securing employment in the government and non-profit sector. Students are given access to the CUPPA Career Center website, the program’s central resource for employment, internships, and assistant-ship opportunities. Each spring, the MPA Program hosts a Career Fair, inviting representatives from organizations in the Chicago area who are recruiting for full- and part-time positions as well as internships.

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Practical, versatile, foundational, relevant, transformational.

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