Program Snapshot

Highly Ranked Program

We are ranked 4th in the nation for Local Government Management, 17th in Public Finance and Budgeting, 21st in Nonprofit Management, 32th in Public Management and Leadership and 47th 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 2015)

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 Initally Enrolled Graduated within 2 years Graduated within 3 years Graduated within 4 years Total Students Graduated 
Full-time 25 88% 92% 92% 92%
Part-time 23 39% 70% 78% 96%
Total 48 65% 81% 85% 94%

Job Placement (Academic Year 2017-18)

Thirty-nine students graduated in fall 17, spring 18 and summer 18. The chart below shows their job placement within six months of graduation.

Field Percentage
Government not in the U.S. 5%
Nonprofit domestic oriented 13%
Private secor not research or consulting 5%
National government 5%
State, provincial or regional government 8%
City, county or other local government 64%

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.