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The School of Public Affairs and Administration offers the MPA on the Lawrence main campus, at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park, and in Topeka, Kansas. The MPA gives students the knowledge necessary to understand how government programs are initiated and carried out. It emphasizes leadership, exploration of diverse problems in a diverse world, how public policy is made and implemented, and how programs are created and services are delivered.

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Local/State Government: Typically involves working with various departments of state government and can include counties, townships, and school districts.

Federal Government: Typically involves working within various federal departments and agencies.

Non-Profit: Typically involves working with local and national non-profit agencies/foundations and can include charitable organizations, research organizations, and educational institutions.

Private Sector: Can involve working in consulting firms, association management firms and other businesses in a variety of areas including personnel management, budget analysis, and public relations.

International Relations: Involves working with US government agencies and international non-profit organizations to inform and enhance relations between countries through foreign diplomacy, intelligence, policy, and law.

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  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Consulting Firms
  • Educational Organizations
  • Federal Government Agencies, including: Departments of Commerce, Defense, Housing and Urban Development, Education, Health and Human Services, Labor, and Justice, General Services Administration. Office of Personnel Management, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • International Relief Agencies
  • Local Government Departments, including: city management offices, financial administration, budget offices, social services, urban planning
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Political Parties
  • Public Interest Groups
  • Research Institutes and Foundations
  • State Government Departments, including: legislative agencies, state supreme courts, state representatives/legislators
  • Think Tanks
  • Trade and Professional Organizations
  • Administrative Officer
  • Auditor
  • Budget/Fiscal Analyst
  • City/County Manager
  • City Housing Manager
  • College Administrator
  • Community Development Director
  • Community Relations Specialist
  • Comptroller
  • Contract Negotiator/Compliance Officer
  • Diplomat
  • Employee Development Director
  • Environmental Planner
  • Financial Examiner
  • Fiscal Analyst
  • Foreign Affairs Specialist
  • Grants Specialist
  • Human Resource Manager
  • International Relations Specialist
  • Labor Management Specialist
  • Legislative Aide
  • Lobbyist
  • Mayor/Politician
  • Non-Profit Agency Director
  • Ombudsman
  • Personnel Management Specialist
  • Policy Analyst
  • Political Consultant
  • Public Affairs Specialist
  • Public Health Administrator
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Public Utilities Manager
  • Transportation Commissioner
  • Urban and Regional Planner
  1. Identify specific areas of interest within public administration, such as federal/state/local government, politics, non-profit, international relations, etc. so you can focus your academics and experiences towards these fields.
  2. Consider joining a professional organization related to your area of interest in public administration, and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field.
  3. Become familiar with the required professional qualifications associated with the career that interests you (i.e., advanced degrees, licensure, and/or certifications).
  4. Take additional coursework outside your major when relevant.
  5. Maintain a strong GPA.
  6. Consider getting involved with a group related to your area of interest such as MPA alumni in your area.

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Employment Statistics

As an example of where our graduates are employed, here is the information for MPA students who were in the School from Summer, 2013 through Spring, 2014:

  • Total number of graduates: 36
  • Federal government: 2
  • State government: 11
  • Local government: 17
  • Nonprofit (domestic): 5
  • Private sector (not research/consulting): 1

Note: These are the statistics for all of the MPA graduates; it is not divided between MPA intern-option and MPA career-option graduates.

Graduation Rate

Of the 39 students who were admitted and enrolled for the 2009-2010 academic year, 72% graduated by the end of their degree program length. (For the MPA Intern-Option students, that program length would be two years, and for MPA Career-Option students, the length is five years.) Within 150% (and 200%) of their degree program length, 77% of the students who were initially enrolled had graduated. This percentage rate should be viewed in perspective of the small number of students admitted and enrolled. Of the students who did not complete, some moved away, had personal obligations that took precedence, or found that the program was not a right fit for them.


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. 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

Ph.D.
Fall semester: January 25

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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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