Department of Public Administration
Public administration (PA) is one of the fields that doctoral students may pursue in the Department of Political Science at NIU. Because of the strong national reputation of the PA faculty, PA has been perhaps the strongest field in the Department of Political Science, particularly in terms of the number of alumni placed in U.S. graduate-level teaching positions over the past decade.
The Department of Public Administration offers courses in the field of public administration, which can be used as part of PhD degree in political science.
The public administration curriculum emphasizes a management approach, which it combines with public policy concerns to produce a focus on executive policy management. The program is particularly strong when combined with academic studies in comparative and development administration, policy analysis, urban studies, economic development, and public finance. PhD graduates have pursued careers with colleges and universities, national research centers, and professional organizations.
The faculty of the Department of Public Administration is supplemented by cooperating faculty from the Department of Political Science, the departments of Accountancy, Geography, Management, and Sociology, from the Center for Governmental Studies, and by senior public administrators.
The list of required coursework for the PhD program is found in the Political Science Graduate Handbook.