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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.

Please note that the admissions deadline for our masters programs has been extended ( Domestic Fall 2022 - June 15th). None of these programs require the GRE for admission. 

The 2022 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.

#29 of 285 Program Ranking

2023 Specialty Rankings

  • Urban Policy #5
  • Public Finance and Budgeting #10
  • Local Government Management #12
  • Nonprofit Management #30
  • Public Management and Leadership  #32

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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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Jun 7 2022

Prospective Undergraduate Virtual Information Session

Tuesday, 4:00 pm–4:30 pm
Jun 10 2022

MCD: Chicago Charrette Course Final Presentation

Friday, 6:30 pm–8:30 pm
Aquinas Literacy Center
Jul 5 2022

Prospective Undergraduate Virtual Information Session

Tuesday, 4:00 pm–4:30 pm
Jul 11 2022

IRRPP: 2022 Faculty WriteOut! Retreat

Monday 11th, 12:00 am–Friday 15th, 12:00 am
Jul 18 2022

IRRPP: 2022 Graduate Student WriteOut! Retreat

Monday 18th, 12:00 am–Friday 22nd, 12:00 am