Public Administration

650 Urban Center


The Department of Public Administration offers a variety of programs to meet the educational needs of public service professionals. Mid-career managers and those intending such careers in federal, state, and local government; nonprofit agencies; and hospitals and other health care organizations are attracted to the programs offered by the department because of the quality of the faculty, the reputation of the programs, and the convenience of course scheduling. In addition to its own faculty and course offerings, the Department of Public Administration draws upon faculty and courses from other departments and schools, such as political science, economics, criminology and criminal justice, urban studies and planning, gerontology, and community health. Adjunct faculty with appropriate academic credentials and significant professional experience in government, nonprofit, and health organizations also contribute to the department.

The Department of Public Administration admits students with undergraduate degrees in a variety of social sciences, as well as in business, the humanities, and sciences. It accepts both full- and part-time students, who have had substantial governmental and nonprofit experience, and who have little or no professional experience. To accommodate students who are currently working, the department offers sections of all required courses in the evenings or late afternoons or in intensive weekend formats.


The Master of Public Administration, the Master of Public Administration: Health Administration and the Executive Master of Public Administration degrees are accredited by NASPAA (the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration). The Master of Public Administration: Health Administration and the Master of Public Health: Health Management and Policy degrees are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Health Management Education (CAHME).

Doctoral students

See the graduate program under the Hatfield School of Government for details on the Doctor of Philosophy in Public Affairs and Policy and the Doctor of Philosophy in Health Systems and Policy.