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The KU libraries, taken together, are an outstanding research collection. Most materials of interest to public administration students will be found in the Watson, Anschutz, and Green Law libraries, all of which are on the main campus within walking distance of Wescoe Hall.

The library has an online Public Administration subject guide that includes suggest databases, websites, and many other resources. Useful databases for article searches are Public Administration Abstracts and Google Scholar. Students are encouraged to contact the library anytime with research questions or any other questions about the library. The Public Administration contact for KU Libraries is Amalia Monroe-Gulick, almonroe@ku.edu.

In addition, the KU Libraries offers many services to assist graduate students during their time at KU, including citation management and data services. KU Libraries offers assistance with Endnote, citation software that is free to graduate students. The library has an online guide as well as hands-on training sessions throughout the academic year. More information on citation management can be found at the online guide How to Select and Use Citation Management Tools.   The KU Libraries also offers GIS, numeric, and statistical data services.

The library also has a Graduate and Faculty Lounge located on the 4th floor of Watson Library. The space is designated for only graduate students and faculty and offers free printing for graduate students.

Student Housing

Student housing opportunities available on-campus.

Resources for International Students

International student services, including information for incoming and current students.

International Student Organization

Travel Funding

SPAA doctoral students can apply for conference travel funding. Travel is reimbursed up to a maximum allowable amount after the student travels. Students must submit appropriate receipts to the School travel officer in order to receive reimbursement.

SPAA Travel Grant: Students are eligible to receive up to $650 in travel funding for a domestic trip, and a larger amount for an international trip. A completed application form is required. The application must be signed by your advisor, the SPAA Doctoral Director and the SPAA School Director.

Graduate Scholarly Presentation Travel Fund:  maximum award of $500.

Additional Funding Opportunities

Additional funding opportunities available on the Graduate Studies website.

The Graduate Writing Program

The Graduate Writing Program supports the international, research and graduate missions of the University of Kansas by fostering excellence in the writing of graduate students and scholars at the University of Kansas (KU). The Graduate Writing Program (GWP) fulfills this mission by offering interdisciplinary courses, university-wide and department-specific workshops, and semester-long individualized tutorials that model the writing skills and research strategies graduate students need for successful careers at KU and beyond. Today the full range of GWP instructional offerings helps students to produce their best scholarly and creative work, to participate more fully in their academic and professional communities, and to successfully complete their degrees. In this way we provide a vital service to the campus community.

Additional Graduate Student Resources

More resources to assist you in your graduate career.

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

M.P.A. Intern-Option
Summer semester: February 1

M.P.A. as International Student
Fall semester: February 1

M.P.A. Career-Option
Fall semester (early decision): May 1
Fall semester: June 15
Spring semester: November 1

Fall semester: January 25

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PMC Events, Classes & Deadlines
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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