Mission Statement

The Master of Public Administration Program (MPA) degree program in Governors State University's College of Arts and Sciences, prepares students to serve as administrators in the nonprofit sector, all levels of government, and private organizations.  The MPA program provides a high quality education to a diverse student body, while engaging in scholarly activities and community service.  The program encourages students to become civically engaged and advances students' practical knowledge for career advancement in the nonprofit, public, and private sector.  The MPA curriculum is designed to offer courses that emphasize the importance of ethics, how to solve complex organizational dilemmas, and implement sustainable solutions.

The Public and non-profit sectors need managers who are efficient, effective, equitable and accountable.  The MPA degree is designed to give managers and professional advocates the knowledge and skills necessary to serve in federal, state, and local branches of government, social service agencies, and non-profit organizations - and do it better!

A GSU MPA degree equips the everyday heroes who serve communities in need with theory, methods, and practice to apply critical thinking and develop viable solutions to today's public problems.  First responders (police and fire), village managers, public works managers, and social entrepreneurs will benefit from advanced public administration training.  

Going far beyond the basic finance and human resources coursework, a GSU MPA provides public managers with community engagement skills in social and restorative justice, entrepreneurship, professional advocacy, and more.

Learn from faculty with experience on the front lines of service just like you.  With the program motto, "Knowledge is power," our faculty believe that education is the catalyst for personal evolution that empowers community change. 

Advance your career in government, advocate for social reform,  or encourage politicians and community leaders to find innovative solutions to address old problems. Maximize your career growth with a joint degree in Criminal Justice Studies

Best of all, your public administration education is attainable.  With convenient online and evening classes, that next level of leadership awaits.

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Program Fact Sheet


Contact Program Coordinator, Dr. Susan Gaffney, at 708.235.7626.

For course information at satellite locations, contact External Programs Manager, Michelle Sebasco, at 708.235.3983.

Off-Campus Locations

James R. Thompson Center - Atrium. 100 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

New Lenox Police Department. 200 Veterans Parkway, New Lenox, IL 60451

Required Preparation

Special Admission Requirements

In addition to university admission requirements, applicants must submit the following documents as part of their application package:

  1. all official transcripts showing evidence of a 3.0 cumulative G.P.A. on a 4.0 scale (G.P.A. calculated from the last 60 credit hours);
  2. two confidential letters of recommendation from professional references (e.g. current or former college faculty member, current or former work supervisor, or community leader);
  3. a two page, double spaced statement of intent which discusses personal short and long term career goals and reasons for pursuing a MPA degree at this time and what about this particular program is going to help reach those goals. Please give specific personal examples of leadership and provide other pertinent information to help the committee select candidates who can benefit from and contribute to the program. The statement of intent offers applicants the opportunity to demonstrate writing and communication skills and supports your candidacy for the MPA; and
  4. a current resume.

Degree and Graduation Requirements

Degree and Graduation Requirements

Please meet with your faculty advisor during the first semester to complete your study plan.


Advisor Information

Sabrina Slocum
Academic Advisor

Employment & Graduation Rate Information

GSU Master of Public Administration graduates employment information (Adobe Acrobat document).

Reminder; GSU students, alumni and community members are strongly encouraged  to utilize GSU's Office of Career Services  for assistance in career planning, transitioning, research, mock interviewing and related services.

GSU Master of Public Administration graduation rate (Adobe Acrobat document).