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The School of Public Affairs and Administration is ranked #1 in city management and urban policy, #6 in public management administration and #13 in environmental policy and management according to the 2016 U.S. News and World Report.

The School of Public Affairs and Administration excels in research programs. Faculty in the school are top researchers in public administration theory, public management and organizational theory, budgeting and finance, urban policy and administration, human resources management, collaboration, and law and public management. We encourage you to explore the faculty profiles.

Students in the school have opportunities to work with faculty in their research programs and to develop their own original research. Undergraduate students who demonstrate excellence in research methods courses have the opportunity to participate in the undergraduate research program. MPA and MUP students conduct research in many of their program courses and have the opportunity to work directly with faculty through the directed reading classes. Doctoral students develop their own research programs throughout their doctoral studies and have a high placement rate. Graduates of the doctoral program are now professors at Florida State University, George Mason University, American University, North Carolina State, the University of Alabama, Wayne State University, and Arizona State University.


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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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