The Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) at DePaul University is designed
for government professionals or individuals wanting to transition into government careers. The degree equips students with broad public administration knowledge in government—local, federal and international.

The M.P.A. program offers three specializations: public management,
international public management and metropolitan planning, and urban affairs. Both the public management and international public management specializations are offered completely online as well as on-site.

This degree is accredited by National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).

The M.P.A. may also be expanded to include select graduate certificate programs covering particular areas of interest. The combined M.P.A./certificate programs require the completion of additional coursework to fulfill all requirements. A separate application process is required. Students who are interested in either of the following combination programs should contact the program office for additional information.

  • Public Administration + Community Development Certificate
  • Public Administration +  Metro Planning and Development Certificate

Mission Statement

The Master in Public Administration educates ethical leaders to work in local, state, and federal government. Through our cross-sectoral 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.

Core Requirements 40 hours
Concentration Requirements 12 hours
   Total hours required    52 hours