Master of Public Administration

MPA students listen to Dr. Snyder

An MPA degree can provide you with an opportunity to influence the communities you live in – the cities, states, and nations around the world. Employment demand for professionals with leadership, financial management, policy analysis, and other skills imparted by the MPA degree has never been stronger.

Recognizing the multidisciplinary nature of the field, the UIC MPA program faculty represent mastery of many disciplines. Their academic training and research interests cover a broad range of relevant areas including law, management, political science, statistics and research methods, survey research, sociology, economics, business, organizational theory and decision making, human resources, budgeting and finance, and information technology. The program’s full-time faculty is complemented by several distinguished adjunct professors who are recognized practitioners in the areas of public policy, law, and administration.

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MPA Mission Statement

The UIC MPA program promotes excellence through professional education in a diversity of public service careers in public, nonprofit, and private sectors, informed by scholarly research, engaged with administrative and policy communities, and dedicated to ethical and equitable practice.

Alumni Testimonial

Eden Sabala

I chose the UIC MPA program due to its flexibility both in class times and academic focus. As an arts-focused individual, I liked that I was able to combine my interest in arts administration with nonprofit management and learn more about the practicalities and functionalities of art organizations at the service level.

Eden Sabala  |  MPA Alumna, 2011

Accelerated MPA

The accelerated MPA is a full-time degree program designed to provide you with all of the requirements for an MPA while preparing you for a career in the public sector

Classes are scheduled so that full-time students can complete the program in 15 months. These courses will be offered during the daytime and are available to both domestic and international students.

Applicants that are interested in the accelerated MPA program should follow our standard application procedure.


The Department of Public Administration requires an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.00 (A= 4.00) for the final 60 semester (90 quarter) hours of baccalaureate study, including all of the work taken in the term in which the student began the final 60 semester hours of study (programs may require a higher GPA). If your GPA is below 3.0, your application must be approved by the Graduate College.

Degree Requirements

Students are required to complete a minimum of 54 credit hours.  Students must select one of five areas of concentration:

  • Public Management
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Financial Management
  • Urban Governance and Management
  • Public Policy

The majority of our MPA courses are offered on weeknights from 6pm-9pm to accommodate our students who work full time.

MPA Advisors:

Thomas Snyder
Clinical Professor & Director of Graduate Studies
Public Administration (M/C 278), AEH 2116

Sharon Hayes
Assistant to the Dept. Head
Public Administration (M/C 278), AEH 2108
phone: 312-996-2160

Plan Your Degree

Students can map out their MPA degree using the draft schedules provided on the link below. The MPA degree can be pursued on a full-time, part-time or accelerated basis.