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

How do I determine which MPA option is right for me?

Our MPA program at the University of Kansas allows you, the student, to choose the option that most interests you and fits within your career goals.

The INTERN option is designed for students who want to pursue the MPA degree on a full-time basis. Intern-option students begin the program in the summer term, and complete their coursework over three terms (summer, fall, spring). During the second year of the program, intern-option students work in a full-time paid professional internship. This option was designed for students who want to pursue a career in local government, either at the city or county level.

The CAREER option is designed for students who may already be working in city, county, state, or federal government, a nonprofit organization or other entity who want to pursue the MPA while still maintaining their current job. These students may begin the program in the fall or spring.

Students in both options take the same core coursework.

Our MPA program is designed to ensure that, upon graduation, all students have a strong command over the five universal competencies specified by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). These competencies reflect the behavioral and skill foundations for effective public sector careers. These universal competencies are to:

  1. Lead and manage in public governance;
  2. Participate in and contribute to the public policy process;
  3. Analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems and make decisions;
  4. Articulate and apply a public service perspective; and
  5. Communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry.

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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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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