Welcome to UIC Public Administration

Our world is increasingly urban and our leaders must understand the complex problems and governance challenges of urban regions. UIC’s Department of Public Administration (DPA) provides an opportunity for students to study public administration, public policy, and urban leadership in the vibrant urban laboratory provided by the metropolitan Chicago region.

Our degree programs in Chicago provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to effectively confront the problems that challenge the civic, fiscal, and economic sustainability of our neighborhoods, cities, and regions and to lead the organizations and policy networks critical to the quality of life in our urban communities.

Post- Doctoral Bridge to Faculty Fellowship

We are delighted to announce that the University of Illinois, Chicago Department of Public Administration has been authorized to award a 2 year post-doctoral Bridge to the Faculty fellowship.  Fellows will have the opportunity to transition to a tenure track faculty position following the completion of the fellowship.  This program is designed to advance diversity in the permanent faculty by encouraging the recruitment, retention and promotion of outstanding scholars from different backgrounds with an emphasis on attracting individuals who have been historically underrepresented in the discipline.

Applications are still being accepted and will be considered until the position is filled. You can find more complete information in the job announcement, linked below.

Best College U.S. News Rankings

The 2020 U.S. News and World Report Public Affairs rankings recognize UIC as the top public administration graduate program in Illinois, with several top 25 specializations.

#35 of 285 Program Ranking (top 12 percent nationally)
#3 in Urban Policy
#12 in Public Finance and Budgeting
#15 in Local Government Management
#21 in Nonprofit Management
#35 in Public Management and Leadership

PA Degrees & Certificates



UIC’s MPA Program is accredited by the Network of Schools in Public Policy, Affairs and Administration. To achieve this status, the MPA Program must meet certain curricular and operational standards that demonstrate the quality of the curriculum, faculty and student support services.

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