About Us

The School of Public Affairs and Administration offers both academic and workplace-based professional development education to strengthen the provision of public services in society.

Pictured (at right): H. George Frederickson, Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Rosemary O'Leary, Distinguished Professor. Photo by Nick Krug of the Lawrence Journal World.

Our Mission

The mission of the School of Public Affairs & Administration of the University of Kansas is to educate exceptional public professionals and generate thought leadership that provides solutions to the most pressing global and community challenges by advancing the public good, democratic values, and ethical public management practices. Toward those goals, the faculty and staff are dedicated to:

  • superb graduate, undergraduate and professional programs;
  • cutting-edge research;
  • leadership in both the academic and practicing communities of public administration;
  • collaboration with intellectual partners within and outside of the university;
  • international outreach and programs; and
  • value-added consultation, professional development and continuing education.

Earning your Master of Public Administration in the School of Public Affairs and Administration

Our MPA program is designed to ensure that, upon graduation, all students have a strong command over the five universal competencies specified by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). These competencies reflect the behavioral and skill foundations for effective public sector careers. These universal competencies are to:

  1. Lead and manage in public governance;
  2. Participate in and contribute to the public policy process;
  3. Analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems and make decisions;
  4. Articulate and apply a public service perspective; and
  5. Communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry.