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Master of Public Administration

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

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
Fall semester: January 15