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Serve Better

A GovState MPA is for the everyday heroes who serve communities in need. From first responders and village managers to public works and social entrepreneurs, a GovState 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.


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

Your public administration education is attainable. With convenient online and evening classes, on the main campus, the next level of leadership awaits.

Here's a breakdown of where GovState MPS grads found employment


Dr. Mary Bruce
Full Professor, Division of Arts and Letters
Program Coordinator
Phone: 708-235-7627
Office Location: C3335A

Robbin Mitchell
Academic Advisor
College of Business Graduate Programs
Phone: 708.534.4931
Office Location: G278


Mary Bruce

"I am excited about educating and inspiring the next generation of public service leaders. Teaching students to value public administration, ethics, and social equity in an ever-changing global, technological, and diverse society is an honor."

Dr. Mary Bruce, MPA Program Coordinator

Michael Jones

"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."

                           Chief Michael Jones, Matteson Police Department

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