PA Admissions & Programs

The mission of the Department of Public Administration is to advance the practice of and research on public administration and policy in the urban area of Chicago and beyond through providing an excellent graduate professional education, disseminating scholarly and engaged research to relevant audiences at home and abroad, and contributing service to public and professional communities.

The Department of Public Administration offers degree programs at the bachelor, master and doctorate levels.

Undergraduate Degrees

The Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy is designed to enhance understanding of public problems and how governments attempt to address them. The BAPP may be useful for students considering careers in a variety of policy-related fields, including jobs in policy analysis institutes, research and not-for-profit organizations, and as consultants for business and government entities.

Graduate Degrees

The Department of Public Administration offers master and doctorate degrees in public administration. Our master program is accreditated by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration.

The goal of doctoral training is [to equip] individuals to add to knowledge of public administration and related fields through disciplined research. When practicing professionals undertake the doctorate they should recognize the need to demonstrate substantial research skills and to interact with a research faculty on a continuing basis as they design and execute their dissertation projects.


Certificate Programs

Learn how to design, manage and analyze professional surveys.

Survey research is the most commonly recognized and utilized social science research methodology for studying large populations. Demand is growing worldwide for professionals who can influence social issues and conditions by conducting surveys, analyzing data and reporting results. Help fill the growing need and enhance your career with UIC’s Survey Research Methods online certificate program.