The goal of the 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 program.

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The Supervisory Leadership Training for the Public Workforce course is now enrolling for December 2-4, 2014 in Overland Park. Learn more about this award winning course.

Enrollment is now open for the Certified Public Manager program which will start in January 2015 in Topeka, the Kansas City metro area, and Southwest Kansas. Learn more about this nationally accredited program.

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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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School Director, Reggie Robinson, spoke at KU Staff Fellows this morning about one of his earliest experiences leading organizational change. Through the experience, he learned to give lavish praise for small advances towards the desired organizational goal, and instead of waiting for the annual evaluation timeline to hit the deadline, he gave informal evaluations along the way of, "if I were to give you your evaluation now, this is what I would say are your strengths and your areas of improvement." When you have led organizational change, and how did you go about it?

RT @ELGL50 : Dylan Feik, Auburn, CA & @KUSPAA , discusses his transition from @CityKnoxvilleTN