DePaul University College of LAS > Departments > School of Public Service > Graduate Programs > Master of Public Administration

Public Administration (MPA)

Degree Chair​: Robert Stokes, PhD​


The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program serves students who are interested in pursuing rewarding careers in government. The School of Public Service at DePaul University is one of the largest and most respected programs in Illinois. We offer a cutting-edge curriculum designed to train the next generation of effective public managers. We offer four specialization tracks: emergency management, public management, metropolitan planning and urban affairs and international public management. 

See more information about this degree on the University Catalog:
Admission Requirements​
Degree Requirements
Specialization Requirements

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How long does it typically take to complete the program?

52 credit hours are required to complete the program. The length of time varies according to student need. Some students pursuing the degree full-time (2 courses per quarter) finish in two years. Others take one course a quarter and complete their program requirements in three to four years. Students often switch between full and part time status throughout their academic careers at SPS, dependent on their personal and professional duties.​

In 2014, the most recent year in which graduation rates were reported to NASPAA, for the cohort of students that began their MPA degree five years earlier, 14 percent graduated in 2 years, 48 percent graduated in 3 years and 67 percent graduated in 4 years.​​​​​​

Based on our 2014 MPA survey, here is a list of current or most recent job titles our graduates held:

  • Public Affairs Specialist, US Small Business Administration

  • Workforce Development Specialist, State of Ohio

  • Division Coordinator, Government Affairs

  • Director of Government Affairs, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director

  • United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

  • Contract Specialist, US Environmental Protection Agency

  • Public Engagement, U.S. General Services Administration

  • Team Leader, Social Security Administration

  • Township Coordinator, Cook County Clerk's Office

  • Billing Specialist, Government Health Agency

  • Administrative Associate, American Bar Foundation

  • Budget Analyst, Chicago Public Schools

  • County Health Department Office of Emergency Management

  • Regional Business and Community Outreach Manager

  • Government Defense Contracts Administrator

  • Membership Administration Associate, Healthcare

  • Associate Classification and Compensation Analyst, City of Chicago

  • Cook County Board of Commissioners Staff

  • Project Analyst, Chicago Transit Authority

  • Product Integrity Specialist

  • Logistics Officer, Department of Veterans Affairs

  • Budget and Policy Analyst

  • Department of Homeland Security​