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The UIC Department of Public Administration is highly-ranked in research relevant to policy and practice in the nation and the community. The Department was ranked 2nd among public universities and 8th overall in a nationwide study of public administration and policy programs that focuses on research productivity. U.S. News and World Report also ranked our department 6th in city management and 21st in financial management.

Through collaboration with the UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, UAEDP is able to offer one-year Master of Public Administration (MPA) program. The goal of the degree program is to train individuals interested in public service, working for the government, or benefitting their community or country. All courses are taught by professional and experts in their field with outstanding reputations in research and teaching.

Students in the MPA program come from a variety of professional and academic backgrounds. This diversity is welcomed in the classroom as it offers the opportunity for classes to share their knowledge, opinions and ideas in terms of public administration.

The MPA Program is accredited by The National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). UIC is the only fully accredited MPA program by NASPAA in the Chicago area.

To meet the needs of specific organizations and students, UAEDP also offers the option of accepting junior undergraduate students to UIC for a one-year non-degree training program in order to better prepare them for the MPA program afterwards. Seminars in this non-degree program, as well as other academic activities, can be arranged based on specific requests of the students' home university so that after one year's training at UIC, the students could fulfill the academic requirements for obtaining the baccalaureate degree at their home university.

For more information about the Masters of Public Administration program, please visit:

Master of Public Administration (Chinese Version)