A GSU MPA is for the everyday heroes who serve communities in
need. From first responders and village managers, to public works and social
entrepreneurs, a GSU MPA provides public managers with skills in social
justice, entrepreneurship, professional
advocacy, and more.
The Master of Public Administration Program (MPA) prepares
students to serve as public managers in nonprofit, local, county, state, and
federal organizations. The MPA program provides a high quality education to a
diverse student body while engaging in scholarly activities and community
service. We empower our students with an ethical perspective, critical
thinking, and decision-making skills to effectively manage a public entity.
your career goals.
The primary emphasis of the Master of Public Administration degree
is to imbue you with an understanding and respect for the formative, ethical,
and political environment within which American public administration is
conducted. You will learn to apply sound reasoning (critical thinking) to
develop viable solutions to problems along with specific concepts, techniques
and skills of management in the public sector.
Why get a
Master of Arts in Public Administration?
The MPA program prepares you to serve as a
professional manager in administrative branches of government–local, county,
state, and federal–as well as in community, human service, and other
You will learn from faculty with experience on the front lines of
service, just like you. With the program motto “knowledge is power,” our
faculty have all used education as a catalyst to make personal evolutions that
empower community change.
In addition to the Governors State campus, classes are also offered at:
New Lenox Police – Department Training Room
200 Veterans Parkway
New Lenox, IL 60451
Thompson Center – Atrium
100 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
Dr. Susan Gaffney, MPA Program Coordinator
As a graduate of GSU’s Master of Public Administration program myself, I am committed to ensuring that students earn an education that allows them to pursue their endeavors in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors. I encourage our students to become champions of change.
Chief Michael Jones, Matteson Police Department
As a Police Chief, I am always facing new challenges. This degree is helping me to be a more effective leader and to see future opportunities in village administration or education. I am committed to teaching 21st century policing and de-escalation techniques. The MPA program has made me a better communicator, which is critical in any de-escalation scenario.”