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Public Administration, MPA

Offered in: CHICAGO


Applicants with an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher are admitted based upon previous academic performance and evaluation of a one- to two-page essay on an assigned topic. Applicants with an undergraduate grade point average below 3.0 will be considered on the basis of the above plus additional supporting materials. These applicants should submit a history of their work and community experience and two letters of reference. They may also submit aptitude test scores such as the GRE or the GMAT. Information regarding admission may be obtained from the office of graduate admission or the department office. In certain instances, applicants may be admitted on a probationary basis with special restrictions.


To earn the MPA degree, students must complete 36 semester hours of course work. Course work must be completed with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students electing the thesis option must have a GPA of 3.7. Students who do not maintain a 3.0 GPA, students who receive more than two grades of C, and students who have one course grade of D or F are subject to dismissal from the program.

Students choose a concentration in health services management, government management, or nonprofit management. Concentration courses must be selected in consultation with their graduate advisor.

Core Course Requirements

  PADM 400 Public Service in the United States .....3
  PADM 401 Management Practices for the Public Service .....3
  PADM 403 Quantitative Methods and Tools for Public Administrators .....3
  PADM 404 Human Resource Management .....3
  PADM 405 Public Budgeting and Financial Management .....3
  PADM 406 Research and Evaluation Methods for Public and Nonprofit Managers .....3
  PADM 497 Capstone: PADM 491, 492, 493-Practicum or PADM 490-Thesis .....3
  PADM 498 Field Internship or Service Learning Course (identified in the semester schedule) .....3

One policy course (identified in the semester schedule).


Three courses in an area of concentration


A student who has not completed an internship, thesis, or other final project must maintain continued registration during fall and spring semesters until completion of the project by registering for the appropriate zero-credit course (course number followed by “Y”). Students who have not maintained continuous registration for internship, or other final project will be required to register for all intervening fall and spring semesters prior to graduation.

Public Administration

The graduate program leading to the Master of Public Administration (MPA) prepares experienced and aspiring administrators to be leaders in government, criminal justice, health, environmental, and nonprofit organizations. The curriculum consists of six core management and analysis courses, a policy course, a service learning course and specialized courses in the student’s concentration or field of interest. Concentrations are offered in health services, government management, and nonprofit management.

Roosevelt's Chicago Campus is ideally located for aspiring MPAs. Government is the largest single employer in the metropolitan area; there are many federal regional offices and hundreds of local agencies; several health care organizations are among the top 25 area employers; and the nonprofit sector is growing more rapidly than any other.

The public administration program draws from — and gives back to — this rich practice laboratory by continually connecting theory with practical application and by involving students in real administrative problems and their solutions. Faculty are primarily teachers, but they are also researchers, consultants, and practicing professionals. Courses are offered in the evenings to accommodate students who are employed full-time.