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Preparing Exceptional Leaders for Public Service

The KU Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree prepares students for careers in public service, including at all levels of government, non-profit organizations, and public service-oriented private organizations.  Our MPA program employs a unique combination of theoretically grounded coursework and practical application.  It is recognized with multiple top rankings by U.S. News and World Report, including a long-standing #1 ranking in local government management. 


Broadly speaking, our MPA program is designed to enable students to explore diverse problems in a diverse world.  It focuses on building students' skills and knowledge in:

  • leadership 
  • human resource management 
  • stakeholder engagement 
  • effective public service delivery 
  • budgeting and resource allocation
  • policy design, implementation, and analysis  


MPA Brochure

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Application Deadlines

Deadlines follow University guidelines

M.U.P (Master of Urban Planning)
Fall semester: July 1
Spring semester: December 1

M.U.P as International Student
Fall semester: June 1
Spring semester: November 1

City Management Fellowship Applications:  February 1
Summer semester:  February 1
Fall semester:  May 1
Spring semester:  November 1
Fall semester: January 5
Course Schedules

What classes are being offered?

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