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Master's in Public Administration (MPA)

College of Arts and Sciences

Government is the largest single employer in the Chicago metropolitan area, several health care organizations are among the top 25 area employers, and the nonprofit sector is growing more rapidly than ever. Be a leader in this rich practice of public service.

This program is rolling out a fully online option, but right now it offers some online courses and the possibility for live, remote attendance through Zoom.

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Location: Chicago
Start Term: Fall, Spring
Program Type: Master's

The MPA faculty at Roosevelt offers both the necessary educational qualifications and industry experience. Students can expect to gain experience from this program that provides a special connection with the material and public service field through instructors that have worked in the field. In addition, students gain personalized attention in small classes, with a 1:10 faculty-to student ratio. When students graduate, they benefit from a strong career placement record, particularly in government and health care.

Concentrations include:

  • Government Administration
  • Health Services Management
  • Nonprofit Administration
Anna Marie Schuh
, Program Director

Expectations & Requirements


Students will obtain knowledge and develop skills in public management. The curriculum consists of six core management and analysis courses, a policy course, a service-learning course, and specialized courses in a chosen field of interest. Students conclude their program of study with a Capstone course that uses the skills developed in previous coursework. Concentrations include health care management, government management, and nonprofit management. Students will also develop public management contacts who will serve as mentors and connections throughout their public management careers.

Sample Courses

  • Public Service in the US
  • Management Practices for the Public Service
  • Issues in the Development and Administration of Public Policy
  • Human Resource Management
  • Poverty Policy
  • Strategic Management
  • Economic Issues in Health Service Management

More Opportunities

Roosevelt's accelerated Political Science BA/MPA program offers undergraduate students working towards a political science BA an opportunity to simultaneously enroll in graduate courses towards a Master's in Public Administration degree. This accelerated program provides the student three advantages: the ability to complete the MPA in three semesters instead of four; a reduced cost for the joint Political Science BA/MPA option because the student would pay tuition for one less semester; and the ability to obtain a professional focused master's degree that will enhance the student's employment opportunities.

Clubs & Activities

Students can participate in the Roosevelt Students Public Administration Organization. In addition, students are encouraged to become members of the local chapter of the American Society for Public Administration which is the primary public administration professional organization.


Jennifer Turner

"My nonprofit career focused on the arts but this program opened my eyes to other opportunities in nonprofit management and the public sector. My wonderful professors and my talented colleagues gave me the tools to understand how my skills could transfer to another field. After almost 20 years in the arts, the Roosevelt University MPA program provided me with more confidence in my abilities and exposed me to future career possibilities."

Jennifer Turner - MPA '12
Vice President, Theater Operations, Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Anna Marie Schuh

"Roosevelt's MPA program provides management skills essential to employment in the public and nonprofit sectors. Program instructors bring real world experience as well as academic qualifications to their teaching. Fellow students provide insight into many different organizations and these students also become a network of professional contacts available to MPA alumni throughout their careers. In short, the Roosevelt MPA is an important tool for career enhancement in the public and nonprofit sectors."

Anna Marie Schuh
Associate Director and MPA Program Director, Roosevelt University
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  • Online Application
  • $40 Application Fee
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities within the United States. Coursework completed outside the U.S. requires a Foreign Credential Evaluation to be submitted.
  • Essay (2 pages) to address the following: “Are there differences between public sector (including non-profit) administration and private sector administration?” Applicants must explain how they arrived at their answer(s), including specific examples of differences and similarities.
  • English Language Proficiency: All international students and individuals who completed a degree program outside the United States are required to meet this requirement. 

For applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA below 3.0 the following materials are required:

  • Letter of Intent outlining your personal and professional goals, why you are interested in this program, and how it will help you achieve your goals
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
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