Public Policy and Administration

Public Administration (M.P.A.)

Managers in high performing organizations today need to be able to analyze and interpret data and then use those insights as they implement policies and programs.

The Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) program at Stuart School of Business is designed to develop the knowledge and skills students need to become effective public and nonprofit managers, leaders, and entrepreneurs.

M.P.A. Program Highlights

  • Focused on academic rigor and a practical orientation toward management and policy analysis.
  • Develop your mastery of policy evaluation, analytics, and administrative best practices that is applicable to organizations in a wide range of fields.
  • STEM-designated Option—We also offer the M.P.A. in Analytics program, with additional emphasis on developing your quantitative skills.
  • Our faculty are practitioners with excellent academic credentials, who bring their real-world insights into the classroom.
  • Expand your network with classmates who are professionals from a variety of backgrounds and organizations.

Through Illinois Tech’s one-of-a-kind Elevate program, you are guaranteed access to hands-on experiences throughout your graduate education, such as virtual and in-person internships, and personalized mentorship to guide your academic studies and career planning.

Your Choice—In Person or Online

With our program’s hybrid courses, you can choose to attend your class sessions in person at Illinois Tech’s downtown Chicago campus or go online to attend virtually.

Program Overview

Combining academic rigor with an applied approach, the Master of Public Administration program is designed to develop the managerial knowledge and analytical skills you need to become an effective public or nonprofit manager and leader.

Career Opportunities

Organizations, government agencies, and companies that have hired Master of Public Administration graduates include:

  • Accenture
  • American Cancer Society
  • City of Chicago
  • Chicago Police Department and Chicago Fire Department
  • Chinese American Service League
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
  • Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Chicago Transit Authority and Metra
  • State of Illinois
  • Lyons Township
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The Master of Public Administration curriculum provides a mix of analytical and management focused courses to develop students’ skills in rigorous data and policy analysis, as well as the managerial knowledge needed to effectively implement programs and policies.

Students may select elective courses in public policy and administration or other fields such as architecture, business, city and regional planning, civil engineering, computer science, design, environmental engineering, humanities, psychology, social sciences, or law.

Note: Beginning in the fall 2024 semester, the Master of Public Administration degree will require a minimum of 30 credit hours (10 courses) for completion. The PA 599 Practicum course will no longer be required for the degree.

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  • 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
Claire Johnson, Stuart School of Business

Have Questions? Connect with Us

For any questions about Stuart School of Business degree programs or the application and enrollment process, contact our Director of Student Recruitment Claire Johnson.

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.


Applicants to the Master of Public Administration program (except Chicago Police and Fire Department applicants, as noted below) are eligible for the Stuart M.P.A. Scholarship, which is in academic year 2023–24 a 35 percent tuition scholarship.

Chicago Police and Fire Department applicants: Contact Stuart School of Business for information regarding scholarships and tuition deferment.

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

Read more about Stuart scholarship opportunities and tuition and fees:

Stuart Scholarships   Tuition and Fees

Program Specializations

Choose a specialization if you are interested in preparing for key roles one of the following areas:

One-Year Accelerated M.P.A. Program

The Stuart Master of Public Administration program offers a one-year, three-semester program option for international students. Students can choose among five concentrations to develop knowledge and skills in a specialized area. Classes are held in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. For more information, contact M.P.A. Program Director Roland Calia.

More M.P.A. Options

Dual-Degree Programs

Prepare for leadership positions by combining the M.P.A. with another graduate degree in business (M.B.A. or M.S. in Sustainability Analytics and Management), design (M.Des.), or law (J.D.).

Accelerated Master’s Program

Current Illinois Tech undergraduates can earn both a bachelor’s degree and an M.P.A. in as few as five years through the AMP co-terminal option.

“I think Stuart’s strengths lie in the experience of its professors. The faculty in the M.P.A. program not only understand academics, but their courses are approached from a practical, real-world standpoint.”

—Jeremiah Muhammad (M.P.A. ’19, with specialization in Security, Safety, and Risk Management)

Jeremiah Muhammad

“The courses broadened my vision of public administration. I expanded my understanding of research methodology, grasped analytic skills such as problem logic models and strategic planning, and learned how to evaluate the performance of policies with statistical analyses.”

—Yinman Zhong (M.P.A. ’16), Research Assistant, China Institute for Reform and Development

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Featured Faculty

Roland Calia
Associate Dean Director, Master of Public Administration Director, M.S. in Sustainability Analytics and Management Director, M.S. in Project Management Professor of Public Administration
Joanne Howard
Industry Associate Professor of Public Administration
Weslynne Ashton
Professor of Environmental Management and Sustainability Affiliate Professor to Armour College of Engineering
Mike Fagel
Adjunct Faculty
Smriti Anand
Assistant Director, Master of Business Administration Professor of Management
Xiaoyun "Aarn" Cao
Clinical Assistant Professor of Management

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