Public Administration, MPA

Offered in: CHICAGO

The graduate program leading to the Master of Public Administration (MPA) prepares experienced and aspiring administrators to be leaders in government, criminal justice, health, environmental, and nonprofit organizations. The curriculum consists of six core management and analysis courses, a policy course, a service learning course and specialized courses in the student’s concentration or field of interest. Concentrations are offered in health services, government management, and nonprofit management.

Roosevelt's Chicago Campus is ideally located for aspiring MPAs. Government is the largest single employer in the metropolitan area, there are many federal regional offices and hundreds of local agencies, several health care organizations are among the top 25 area employers, and the nonprofit sector is growing more rapidly than any other.

The public administration program draws from — and gives back to — this rich practice laboratory by continually connecting theory with practical application and by involving students in real administrative problems and their solutions. Faculty are primarily teachers, but they are also researchers, consultants, and practicing professionals. Courses are offered in the evenings to accommodate students who are employed full-time.


Applicants with an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher are admitted based upon previous academic performance and evaluation of a one- to two-page essay on an assigned topic. Applicants with an undergraduate grade point average below 3.0 will be considered on the basis of the above plus additional supporting materials. These applicants should submit a history of their work and community experience and two letters of reference. They may also submit aptitude test scores such as the GRE or the GMAT. Information regarding admission may be obtained from the office of graduate admission or the department office. In certain instances, applicants may be admitted on a probationary basis with special restrictions.


To earn the MPA degree, students must complete 36 semester hours of coursework. Coursework must be completed with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students electing the thesis option must have a GPA of 3.7. Students who do not maintain a 3.0 GPA, students who receive more than two grades of C and students who have a one-course grade of D or F are subject to dismissal from the program.

Students choose a concentration in health services management, government management, or nonprofit management. Concentration courses must be selected in consultation with their graduate advisor.

Core Course Requirements

  • PADM 400 Public Service in the United States 3
  • PADM 401 Management Practices for the Public Service 3
  • PADM 403 Quantitative Methods and Tools for Public Administrators 3
  • PADM 404 Human Resource Management 3
  • PADM 405 Public Budgeting and Financial Management 3
  • PADM 406 Research and Evaluation Methods for Public and Nonprofit Managers 3
  • PADM 497 Capstone: PADM 491, 492, 493-Practicum or PADM 490-Thesis 3
  • PADM 498 Field Internship or Service Learning Course (identified in the semester schedule) 3

One policy course (identified in the semester schedule) 3

Three courses in an area of concentration 9

Transitions Program

Organizational Leadership (OLED) majors in the College of Professional Studies who are planning to immediately continue on to graduate school in the Masters of Public Administration program at Roosevelt can participate in a Transitions Program that will accelerate completion of the MPA.

The program allows these students to take three graduate-level courses as part of their undergraduate degree program. Once admitted to the MPA, the courses will apply toward completion of the MPA degree. Students must be accepted into the Transitions program and obtain permission from the program director of Public Administration before enrolling in the cross-listed courses.

Students must apply to the Transitions program for the MPA after their third OLED course, maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and write an essay for the Public Administration program. At the conclusion of the Organizational Leadership Degree students are required to formally apply to the Public Administration program. The three graduate courses in the OLED/MPA Transition Program are PADM 400, PADM 401, and PADM 419.

Continuous registration

A student who has not completed an internship, thesis or another final project must maintain continued registration during fall and spring semesters until completion of the project by registering for the appropriate zero-credit course (course number followed by “Y”). Students who have not maintained continuous registration for an internship or another final project will be required to register for all intervening fall and spring semesters prior to graduation.

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