Welcome to the Department of Public Administration

The Department of Public Administration was founded with the mission to advance excellence in public service management and our degree programs have a dramatic effect on the lives of our graduates. The Master in Public Administration (MPA) will serve you as a practical management guide as well as a passport to a better career.

Golf Outing

FORE!!!  Our annual golf outing is on September 26th at the Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club.  The scramble format makes it fun for everyone regardless of skill level.  Register to play and for sponsorship opportunities.   The event begins at 7:30 am with a shotgun start at 8:30 am.  Be prepared to have fun and enjoy your NIU family!



Top Ranking, Long Legacy

Graduate school rankings from U.S. News & World Report indicate NIU is one of the best universities in the country for city management and public finance with a focus on developing core competencies in budgeting and financial management, personnel management, decision making, communications, leadership, and teamwork.  Learn some of the many reasons why NIU is one of the best Public Administration programs in the country.

Congratulations to the Class of 2014!

Class of 2014 photo

Click here to download photographs from the Hooding Ceremony.


Download photographs from the 50th Anniversary Gala.

Download H. George Fredrickson's paper, Bureaucrats without Borders: Public Management and the End of Geography that was presented and discussed at a special 50th Anniversary presentation co-sponsored by the ILCMA Professional Development Committee and the Metro Managers on March 20th.

Order NIU MPA gear!

See what the program is planning and where our graduates are working!

And there's more!!!  Visit our News page to read about the great things happening in the Department.  More News here!!


We are currently accepting applications for our Master in Public Administration program and the Graduate Certificate in Public Management.


Photo of golf course