Stuart MPA in Analytics program

Public Administration in Analytics (M.P.A.)

In today’s data-driven environment, managers in high-performing organizations in every sector—business, government, and nonprofit—need to be able to analyze and interpret data and then use that information to implement policies, operations, and programs.

The Master of Public Administration in Analytics program at Stuart School of Business delivers a rigorous, applied curriculum that is focused on developing our students’ skills and expertise in analytics, public policy, and management, so they graduate with a solid foundation for career advancement.

In the M.P.A. in Analytics degree, you will:

  • Study strategic management skills, such as planning, leadership, policy implementation, and financial resource management, that are critical to the success of any organization.
  • Learn how to use industry-leading analytics techniques to turn data, statistics, and rigorous program evaluation studies into actionable insights that can be used to improve the effectiveness of public and nonprofit programs and policies.

Through Illinois Tech’s one-of-a-kind Elevate program, you are guaranteed access to experiential learning opportunities, such as internships and real-world projects. You’ll also receive personalized mentorship to guide your academic studies and career planning.

STEM-Designated Program

This is a STEM-designated program, and international graduates of the program are eligible to apply for an extension for Optional Practical Training, which allows selected students to stay and work in the United States for up to three years after graduation.

Program Overview

The Master of Public Administration in Analytics program is designed to teach students a combination of top-notch analytical skills and knowledge of administrative best practices that will prepare them to be effective public and nonprofit managers, leaders, and entrepreneurs.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Master of Public Administration in Analytics program are well prepared for the public and nonprofit sector job markets, including management and supervisory roles, as well as positions in the private sector that interact with government agencies and nonprofit organizations. Potential job titles include:

  • Program manager
  • Nonprofit or NGO (non-governmental organization) manager or director
  • Budget analyst
  • Program analyst
  • Senior data analyst
  • City manager
  • Public policy manager
  • Government relations director
  • Government affairs consultant

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics projects strong job growth in the next decade for the following occupational areas. Median annual wages in 2022 for professionals in these fields, as reported by the BLS, are included.

The Master of Public Administration in Analytics degree requires a minimum of 33 credit hours (11 courses) of graduate work, including nine core courses.

Core Courses
Nine courses, 27 credit hours (all courses are three credit hours each).
These courses are required:
PA 501—Introduction to Public Administration
PA 532—Public Financial Optimization and Management
PA 551—Public Infrastructure Management and Financing
PA 568—Optimization in Policy and Administration
PA 580—Policy Forecasting and Evaluation
PA 581—Policy Economic Modeling and Design
PA 599—Practicum
MBA 504—Analytics for Decision Making
MBA 505—Microeconomics and Game Theory

Elective Courses
Choose two elective courses (six credit hours) from the following list:
PA 502—Organizational Behavior
PA 510—Managerial Communications
PA 516—Information Technology in Public Administration
PA 522—Human Resource Management
PA 534—Financial Management in the Nonprofit Sector
PA 541—Performance Measurement in Nonprofit and Public Management
PA 542—Project Management
PA 550—Social Entrepreneurship
PA 557—Urban and Regional Development
PA 558—Energy and Environmental Policy
PA 565—The Nonprofit Sector
PA 570—Social Capital and the Community
MAX 507—Visual Analytics—Data Analytics and Visualization
MAX 522—Predictive Analytics

  • Completed online application
  • Official transcript submission with a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • No GMAT or GRE scores required
  • A one-page statement of purpose, with goals and objectives
  • English proficiency exam, if required
  • Work experience is a plus
  • Undergraduate coursework in either statistics, analytics, or economics preferred

Learn More about M.P.A.: Ask a Professor

Virtual info sessions on Thursdays at 8–8:30 a.m. CT
Discover how a Stuart M.P.A. degree can open doors for you to a meaningful career in the public or nonprofit sectors by talking with Program Director Roland Calia.


Graduate Credit for Your Work Experience

Students in Stuart School of Business graduate programs who have sufficient work experience may obtain credit by proficiency for courses (up to nine credit hours total) through satisfactory performance on Stuart credit by proficiency examinations. Learn more.


The Stuart M.P.A. Scholarship is a 35 percent tuition scholarship. Applicants to the M.P.A. in Analytics program are eligible for the M.P.A. scholarship except Chicago Police and Fire Department applicants and IIT Europe double-degree program students, as noted below.

  • Chicago Police and Fire Department applicants: Contact Stuart School of Business for information regarding scholarships and tuition deferment.
  • IIT Europe double-degree program students are eligible for a nine-credit scholarship for M.P.A. in Analytics, instead of the M.P.A. Scholarship.

Veteran applicants: Illinois Institute of Technology proudly processes Department of Veterans Affairs benefits for admitted veteran students. Learn more.

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Featured Faculty

Roland Calia
Associate Dean Director, Master of Public Administration Director, M.S. in Sustainability Analytics and Management Professor of Public Administration
Joanne Howard
Industry Associate Professor of Public Administration
Elizabeth Durango Cohen
Associate Professor of Operations Management M. Zia Hassan Endowed Professor Assistant Director, M.S. in Marketing Analytics Director, Center for Advancing Corporate Performance
Alan Secor
Industry Assistant Professor of Public Administration

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