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Master of Public Administration

  • Undergraduate Major or Minor in Public Administration
  • Undergraduate Major in Law and Society
  • Master of Public Administration
  • PhD in Public Administration
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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  

 

 

 


Application Deadlines

B.A.
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

M.P.A.
Summer semester and all City Management Fellowship Applications: February 1
Fall semester (early decision): May 1
Fall semester: June 15
Spring semester: November 1
 
M.P.A. as International Student
Fall semester: February 1
 
Ph.D.
Fall semester: January 25