College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences > Academics > School of Public Service > Graduate Programs > Public Administration (MPA)
The Master of Public Administration (MPA) will prepare you for a leadership position within the public sector. You’ll develop the critical management skills you'll need to succeed in your public service career, including:
Choose a specialization in one of the following areas:
All courses for this program are offered in the evening on the Loop Campus or entirely online. The program can be completed in two years and one additional quarter (including one summer) by following a schedule of two classes per quarter.
You'll benefit from our location in the heart of Chicago. DePaul’s ties and proximity to government and nonprofit agencies allow you to connect and gain practical, real-world experience in a range of public service settings that match your interests and career goals.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. You may begin the program in any quarter.
Submit an online application, professional statement, résumé and official transcripts.
You’ll complete 10 core courses plus three specialization courses.
of 2018 Public Administration master’s degree recipients were employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment within six months of graduation
Study with public service innovators like Professor Nick Kachiroubas, a leading expert on elections, national and municipal Chicago politics, and electoral politics. He regularly provides nonpartisan expert commentary regarding local, state, and federal elections, as well as leadership in government and public policy issues for a variety of media outlets.
“[The faculty] are eager to connect students with alumni and bring in guest speakers for experiences like the Global Cafes or Authentic Conversations. These opportunities give us a chance to meet with the policy experts and really explore our areas of interest.”
You’ll benefit from extensive networking opportunities with DePaul’s strong alumni network, including more than 2,700 School of Public Service alumni. Connect with fellow Public Administration grads, who typically pursue careers in government, association management and within various nonprofit organizations.Hear more from SPS Alumni
DePaul’s MPA program is NASPAA-accredited according to the Commission on Peer Review & Accreditation.
Learn more about our accreditation.
The School of Public Service offers several quarterly scholarship, graduate assistantship and fellowship opportunities. Learn more about the scholarships and opportunities available to you.
For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admission at
(773) 325-7315 or
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