Northern Illinois University
148 North 3rd Street, Division of Public Administration
De Kalb, IL 60115-3359
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General DescriptionThe mission of the NIU M.P.A. program is to improve the quality of life for all in local communities by strengthening professional and ethical public and nonprofit management through our teaching, scholarship and community engagement. As part of the School of Public and Global Affairs (SPGA), we are committed to strengthening the knowledge and skills that enhance the management and leadership capacity of individuals pursuing public service careers.
The NIU M.P.A. program is an excellent choice if you are looking to advance your career in the field of public administration. Our rankings outperform all other public and private institutions in Illinois, as well as many other schools nationwide, so it comes as no surprise that one-third of all city and county managers in Illinois are alumni of the program.
*4th in the nation for Local Government Management
*20th in Public Finance and Budgeting
*33rd in Public Management and Leadership
*58th in overall public affairs by U.S. News & World Report
Areas of ResearchCommunity Planning, Economic Development, Ethics, Finance & Budgeting, Form of Government, Housing & Community Development, Human Resources, Innovation, Leadership, Management, Organizational Development, Public Policy, Strategic Planning
Other Programs OfferedCertificate in Public Management; JD/MPA
Type or Delivery Method AvailableBoth Traditional and Online