The goal of the KU School of Public Affairs and Administration is to develop leaders, innovators, and problem solvers to address pressing social and economic challenges at the local, state, regional, national, and international levels.

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.


We welcome the Urban Planning Program!

The program has joined KU’s top-ranked School of Public Affairs & Administration. The degree and faculty will remain the same, with new opportunities for collaboration.

An accredited, two-year master’s degree program, we have a long history of training planners for successful careers.  Our combination of dedicated and knowledgeable professors and instructors, engaged and talented students, and current planning opportunities available in Lawrence and the greater Kansas City region make us confident you can have a great experience as a student at KU. 

Find out more about the program here!

Interested in a Bachelors in Law & Society?

A degree in law and society provides a strong background in how law works in practice. Students learn about legal history and legal policy, how law shapes managerial processes, how it shapes government and the system of justice, and how it affects ordinary people in every walk of life.

Find out more about this degree here.


Professional Development through the KU Public Management Center

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.

Learn about our programs.


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