The Master of Public Administration (MPA) at DePaul University is designed
for current government professionals or individuals seeking to pursue a career in the public sector. The degree equips students with a broad public administration knowledge in government—local, state, federal and international.

The MPA program offers three specializations: public management;
international public management; and metropolitan planning and urban affairs. The specializations are offered completely online as well as on-site.

This degree is accredited by Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).

The Master of Public Administration may also be expanded to include select graduate certificate programs covering particular areas of interest.  Students participating in a combined MPA/certificate program should consult with their academic advisor to determine what coursework might count toward both programs.  A separate application process for the certificate is required.  Students who are interested in any of the following combination programs should contact the Graduate Student Services Office for additional information.

  • Public Administration + Community Development Certificate
  • Public Administration +  Metro Planning and Development Certificate
  • Public Administration + Global Health Certificate
  • Public Administration + Social Research Certificate
  • Public Administration + Women's and Gender Studies Certificate

Mission Statement

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