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Why earn your MPA at KU? Because we have the TOP program in the nation.

The Master of Public Administration program is consistently ranked #1 in the nation in city management and urban policy by U.S. News and World Report. If you are interested in a career in local government, we invite you to learn more about our signature program.

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The Supervisory Leadership Training for the Public Workforce course is now enrolling for August 26-28, 2014 in Overland Park. Learn more about this award winning course.

Enrollment is now open for the Law Enforcement Leadership Academy: Command School which will start on September 8 at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center near Hutchinson. Learn more about this course for sworn law enforcement commanders.

The Emerging Leaders Academy will start September 10 in the Kansas City metro area and September 12 in Topeka. Learn more about this course for non-managers.

Ranked in the top 10 master of public affairs programs in the nation
—U.S. News & World Report
#1 in the nation for city management and urban policy

— U.S. News & World Report

#5 in the nation for public management

— U.S. News & World Report
Three faculty have won W.T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence
Rosemary O’Leary is KU’s Edwin O. Stene Distinguished Professor of Public Administration
Four MPA graduates have been elected president of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
Founder of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (JPART)
Four faculty are National Academy of Public Administration Fellows
Bob Kipp, vice president of Hallmark Cards, was a 2012 recipient of the CLAS Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. secretary of health and human services, was a 2009 recipient of the CLAS Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
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Robin Kempf (middle) successfully defended her dissertation. Congratulations! She is pictured here with her committee (left to right): Steven Maynard Moody, Chuck Epp (chair), George Frederickson, and Rosemary O'Leary
Congrats to Robin Kempf (middle) who successfully defended her dissertation! #publicadmin #PhD