DePaul University College of LAS > Academics > School of Public Service > Graduate Programs > Public Administration (MPA)

Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration​  educates current and future public administrators for leadership roles in local, state and the federal government. We offer a rich and engaging educational experience that is focused on professional skills development as well as networking opportunities with current student and alumni networks. Our classes are led by a faculty with extensive professional experiences, as well as a knowledge of best practices gained through research and analysis of public management issues. Our mission is to train highly effective public sector leaders to:

  • Strategically analyze and solve public problems in the most effective, efficient and equitable manner.
  • Gain the skills and confidence to lead and manage a diverse public workforce towards meeting shared goals.
  • Build and maintain accountable, democratic and ethical systems of public management and service delivery. 

Program Specializations

Students in the MPA program are required to choose a specialization​ from the following:

Emergency Management. For students seeking both theoretical and practical knowledge that will prepare them for private or public sector employment in the area of emergency preparedness for both security and non-security related incidents. This concentration tackles a critical concern for the public, private and non-profit sectors. Both the conceptual and practical implementation sides of homeland security and emergency preparedness rest at the intersection of national defense, law enforcement, and emergency preparedness. 

Public Management. For those who aspire to become city managers, chief administrative officers, department directors and senior project managers, this specialization focuses on the roles, requirements, challenges and processes of running a public organization. Students gain the knowledge and skills needed to work successfully with professional staff, an elected governing board, consultants and the public in the implementation of broad policy decisions.

Metropolitan Planning and Urban Affairs. This specialization is for students wanting to work in land use, transportation, economic development, zoning, housing and other areas of community development. Coursework emphasizes the technical skills of public administration and the tools of analyses and development as applied in a broad public setting. Students study best practices to illustrate the effectiveness of alternative designs and models.

International Public Management. Students intending to work in international organizations require a special understanding of how public and non-profit institutional structures and managerial processes vary around the world. This concentration emphasizes the interdependence of government and non-government organizations (NGOs), while addressing a variety of management, ethics and policy issues.

Flexible Locations and Times

Both the public management and international public management specializations are offered online as well as on-site at the Loop campus.

Certificate Options

The MPA program may also be expanded to include select graduate certificates. The combined programs require either the competition of additional coursework or careful elective selection to fulfill all requirements. Certificates are available in:

  • Community Development
  • Metro Planning and Development

If you're interested in a certificate combination with MPA, a separate application process is required. Contact the program office for additional information.