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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.
Reach 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 not-for-profit organizations.
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.
Your public administration education is attainable. With convenient online and evening classes, on the main campus, that next level of leadership awaits.
MPA Graduates 2021-2022
Local Municipal Administration
Circuit Court of Cook County
Housing project case worker
Oral Health Forum (Not-for-Profit)
Director of NGO, a safety inspector
Family Centered Educational Agency, Inc.
Village of Crete
Uhlich Childrens Advantage Network
Provincetown Improvement Association
Chicago Public Schools
Chicago State University
Humboldt Health Center
Forest Ridge School District 142
Governors State University
University of Illinois at Chicago
Local Municipal Law enforcement (4)
Ultimate Medical Academy
One million degrees (Not-for-Profit)
Illinois Department of Corrections (5)
Dr. Mary Bruce
Full Professor, Division of Arts and Letters
Office Location: C3335A
College of Business Graduate Programs
Office Location: G278
Dr. Mary Bruce, MPA Program Coordinator
I am excited about educating and inspiring the next generation of public service leaders. It is an honor to teach students to value public administration, ethics, and social equity in an ever-changing global, technological, and diverse society.
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.”