MPA Degree

MPA Degree Prepares You for an Administrative Position


GSU’s MPA degree program prepares you to successfully serve as a professional manager in the administrative branches of local, county, state and federal government or in a not-for-profit organization. Upon graduation, you will enter careers such as a city, state or county manager, commissioner, agency director, politician, fire professional or law enforcement officer. Our MPA degree takes an interdisciplinary approach including course work in management, economics, law, public policy, finance and ethics.

GSU’s MPA Degree – Learn the Skills to Effectively Manage


Earning your professional MPA degree can be the beginning of a career that is both personally and financially rewarding in addition to providing a service to your community. As well as working in the administrative branches of government and not-for-profit organizations you will also have an opportunity for fulfilling careers in community, human service, schools and other organizations.

Our Master of Public Administration (MPA) is one of only six MPA programs in Illinois accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) the global standard in public service education. Students in this program will join a large network of alumni who hold prominent positions within all levels of government.

To ensure the MPA degree program is readily accessible to our students, we offer courses at several locations. In addition to GSU’s main campus location, students can take classes in the southwest suburbs at the Illinois State Police District 5 Headquarters. Our other off-campus location for MPA classes is the James R. Thompson Center that is ideal for working adults in downtown Chicago.

Please see our Master of Public Administration web page for the program’s complete requirements and information.

In every college we have stellar programs and world-class professors; all focused on delivering academic excellence in a small-class setting. Contact the College of Business & Public Administration for more information regarding our exceptional MPA degree.

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