College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences > Academics > School of Public Service > Graduate Programs > Public Administration (MPA) > About the Program
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.
The Master in Public Administration (MPA) degree educates ethical leaders to work in local, state, and federal government. Through our cross-sector approach to learning, research, and service we help government leaders to connect domestic and global issues, alleviate poverty, and build responsive government. We promote compassion for marginalized communities and service to all people with accountability, justice, professionalism, sensitivity, and transparency.
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 2016, 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, 35 percent graduated in 2 years, 57 percent graduated in 3 years and 72 percent graduated in 4 years.
National or central government in the United States: 4 (17%)
State, provincial, or regional government in the United States: 1 (4%)
City, county, or other local government in the United States: 5 (21%)
Foreign government (all levels) or international quasi-governmental: 0 (0%)
Nonprofit domestic-oriented: 5 (21%)
Nonprofit/NGOs internationally-oriented: 0 (0%)
Private Sector - Research/Consulting : 1 (4%)
Private Sector but not research/consulting: 4 (17%)
Obtaining further education: 0 (0%)
Military Service: 0 (0%)
Unemployed (Not Seeking Employment): 0 (0%)
Unemployed (Seeking Employment) : 4 (17%)
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