The goal of the KU School of Public Affairs and Administration is to develop skilled leaders, innovators, and problem solvers who are ready to confront pressing social and economic challenges at the local, state, national, and international levels. Our bachelors, masters, and doctoral programs prepare leaders to confront the challenges of contemporary public management and build professionalism in the public and nonprofit sectors. Since 1998, U.S. News and World Report has ranked the Master of Public Administration degree program first in the nation.

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 MPA intern-option program.

Want to pursue an MPA without the internship component? Consider our career-option MPA. Application deadlines: May 1 (early decision) or June 15 for fall admission; November 1 for spring admission.

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Our programs prepare leaders, develop professionalism in the public workforce, and link KU resources to the challenges of public management. We provide training throughout the state of Kansas and are the professional development arm of KU's School of Public Affairs and Administration. Translating theory into practice, we are deeply dedicated to the proposition that public service lies at the heart of a healthy democracy.

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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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