Department of Public Administration

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Our mission is to strengthen the knowledge and skills necessary for professional and ethical public and nonprofit management through our scholarship in teaching, research and service. We seek to be the preferred program of choice and nationally recognized, providing the highest quality education for careers in public and nonprofit management based on a contemporary curriculum, innovative instruction, scholarly and applied research and community service. As part of the School of Public and Global Affairs (SPGA), we are committed to strengthening the knowledge and skills that enhance the management and leadership capacity of individuals pursuing public service careers.


The NIU M.P.A. program is an excellent choice if you are looking to advance your career in the field of public administration. Our rankings outperform all other public and private institutions in Illinois, as well as many other schools nationwide, so it comes as no surprise that one-third of all city and county managers in Illinois are alumni of the program.

  • 4th in the nation for Local Government Management
  • 20th in Public Finance and Budgeting
  • 33rd in Public Management and Leadership
  • 58th in overall public affairs by U.S. News & World Report

Contact Us

Department of Public Administration
IASBO Building (2nd Floor)
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Office Hours

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Lunch break: noon-1 p.m.