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Serve better.

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.


Mission Statement

The Master of Public Administration Program (MPA) degree program in Governors State University's College of Arts and Sciences, prepares students to serve as administrators in the nonprofit sector, all levels of government, and private organizations.  The MPA program provides a high quality education to a diverse student body, while engaging in scholarly activities and community service.  The program encourages students to become civically engaged and advances students' practical knowledge for career advancement in the nonprofit, public, and private sector.  The MPA curriculum is designed to offer courses that emphasize the importance of ethics, how to solve complex organizational dilemmas, and implement sustainable solutions.

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.

Delivery Format

In addition to the Governors State campus, classes are also offered at:
New Lenox Police – Department Training Room
200 Veterans Parkway
New Lenox, IL 60451


Thompson Center – Atrium
100 W. Randolph St. 
Chicago, IL 60601

  • Susan Gaffney-3

    Dr. Susan Gaffney, MPA Program Coordinator

    As a graduate of GSU’s Master of Public Administration program myself, I am committed to ensuring that students earn an education that allows them to pursue their endeavors in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors. I encourage our students to become champions of change.

  • Chief-Michael-Jones

    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.”

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