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Why study public affairs and administration?

Because we strengthen leadership in public service.

The School of Public Affairs and Administration

Effective fall semester 2011, the Department of Public Administration became the University of Kansas School of Public Affairs and Administration. Since 1998, U.S. News and World Report has ranked the M.P.A. degree program in city management and urban policy first in the nation. The school continues to administer the Center for Public Management and to offer the excellent programs that have earned it national recognition.

Our programs prepare leaders and build professionalism in the public and nonprofit sectors and link KU resources to the challenges of public management. We produce skilled leaders, innovators, and problem-solvers, ready to confront pressing social and economic challenges at the local, state, and national levels.

Mission

The mission of the School of Public Affairs and Administration is to prepare undergraduate and graduate students to be professional public managers and future faculty who will meet the challenges of public service; contribute to knowledge in the discipline through scholarly activity; and advance government, the profession, and the university’s standing through the application of research and expertise.

Undergraduate Programs

The undergraduate public administration major gives students the knowledge necessary to understand how government programs are initiated and carried out. It enables graduates to look at government from the eyes of citizens familiar with both the political and administrative workings of public institutions. It emphasizes leadership, exploration of diverse problems in a diverse world, how public policy is made and implemented, and how programs are created and services are delivered.

The program helps liberal arts majors to place the administrative workings of government in a larger picture of political values and community-building. As students learn to think critically and analytically about public policy and program implementation, they better understand the dynamics in their own communities and how to be more effective citizens and public officials.

Why study public affairs and administration?

Because we strengthen leadership in public service.

The School of Public Affairs and Administration

Effective fall semester 2011, the Department of Public Administration became the University of Kansas School of Public Affairs and Administration. Since 1998, U.S. News and World Report has ranked the M.P.A. degree program in city management and urban policy first in the nation. The school continues to administer the Center for Public Management and to offer the excellent programs that have earned it national recognition.

Our programs prepare leaders and build professionalism in the public and nonprofit sectors and link KU resources to the challenges of public management. We produce skilled leaders, innovators, and problem-solvers, ready to confront pressing social and economic challenges at the local, state, and national levels.

Mission

The mission of the School of Public Affairs and Administration is to prepare undergraduate and graduate students to be professional public managers and future faculty who will meet the challenges of public service; contribute to knowledge in the discipline through scholarly activity; and advance government, the profession, and the university’s standing through the application of research and expertise.

Graduate Programs

The department offers an M.P.A. degree and a Ph.D. degree. The M.P.A. degree is designed for students preparing for public service careers or for mid-career students wishing to pursue graduate studies for career advancement. The Ph.D. degree is designed primarily for students anticipating careers in research and teaching.

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