Program Snapshot

Highly Ranked Program

We are ranked 4th in the nation for Local Government Management, 20th in Public Finance and Budgeting, 33rd in Public Management and Leadership and 58th in overall public affairs by U.S. News & World Report. These rankings are ahead of programs at all public and private institutions in Illinois and at many elite schools nationwide.

Paid Internships

Students who qualify gain experience working for governmental and non-profit agencies. The average wage for an internship is $16.10 per hour. Our pre-career students gain over 1,600 hours of on-the-job experience in their internships and they are uniquely prepared for employment in the public sector where opportunities are expanding.

High Completion Rate and 95% Job Placement

A majority of our students complete the program within the recommended time frame and secure positions in public service agencies.

Graduation Rates for MPA Cohort (Academic Year 2016)

Categories are cumulative program length for part-time students is defined as five years program length
for full-time students is defined as four full semesters and one or two summer semesters.

Enrollment Status Initially Enrolled Graduated within 2 years Graduated within 3 years Graduated within 4 years Total Students Graduated 
Full-time 25 80% 88% 88% 88%
Part-time 19 11% 84% 95% 95%
Total 44 50% 86% 91% 91%

Job Placement (Academic Year 2018-19)

Forty-seven students graduated in fall 18, spring 19 and summer 19. The chart below shows their job placement within six months of graduation.

Field Percentage
Government not in the U.S. 4%
Nonprofit domestic-oriented 4%
Private sector not research or consulting 2%
State, provincial or regional government 8%
City, county or other local government 82%

Total Enrolled Students (Academic Year 2020)

The Full Time Equivalency (FTE) of total enrolled master of public administration (MPA) students is 63.2. This calculation includes 48 full-time and 42 part-time MPA students. The FTE calculation does not include 28 students pursuing a graduate certificate in public management (GCPM). The total number of students currently pursuing an MPA or a GCPM is 123.

Executive Class Format

Classes are taught in an eight-week format for intensive learning. Our class sizes average between 14-18 students so you get the attention you need!

Significant Alumni Network

One-third of all city and county managers in Illinois are alumni of our program.

Contact Us

Department of Public Administration
IASBO Building (2nd Floor)
815-753-0183
publicadm@niu.edu
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Office Hours

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