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Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.)

IIT Stuart's Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) program in Chicago is one of the only programs of its kind integrated into a business school, creating professionals who can translate business insights and corporate best practices into effective public and nonprofit management strategies. These skills not only help you advance in your public sector career, they also create professional growth opportunities in a variety of industries.

As a student in the IIT Stuart M.P.A. program, you will learn from faculty who are both scholars and practitioners, offering a wealth of real-world, professional insights in the classroom. You will connect with fellow M.P.A. students who are passionate about making a difference—both for their organizations and for society.

Our convenient degree program is designed to be completed either full-time, or part-time. Classes meet on weeknights, and no residency or thesis is required. View quick facts and admission requirements (PDF).

Please note: Applicants to the M.P.A. program are not required to submit GRE/GMAT scores. Refer to the degree-seeking application checklist for complete admission requirements. 

Program snapshot

8 core courses
3 elective/specialization courses
33 total credit hours
Degree typically requires 3-4 semesters full-time (1.5-2 years) or 4-4.5 years part-time


(Based on Fall 2014 data)
More than 100 students

Sample courses

View course listings and descriptions.

  • PA 501: Essentials for Public Management in a Complex Society: Processes, Structures and Values
  • PA 502: Leading and Managing Knowledge-Intensive Organizations
  • PA 568: Strategic Competitiveness in the Public Sector

Chicago Police and Fire Department Applicants

Learn about the tuition deferment plan available to Chicago Police and Fire Department employees, and the undergraduate scholarship available to their children and grandchildren.

Veteran Applicants

IIT is pleased to be participating in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program. A provision of the Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, the Yellow Ribbon program is a scholarship extended to eligible veteran students. Learn more


While not required, specializations allow students to customize their degree by developing a concentrated set of skills in a specific area.

Nonprofit and Mission-Driven Management

Designed for professionals who want to become leaders and managers of nonprofit and other mission-driven enterprises.

Security, Safety and Risk Management

Designed for professionals who want to learn cutting edge security strategies and leadership techniques to manage public safety and public or private sector emergency preparedness programs.

Economic Development and Social Entrepreneurship

Designed for professionals who want to become economic development leaders or social entrepreneurs.

Complete an undergraduate program and the M.P.A. in five years

Bachelor of Science/Master of Public Administration (B.S./M.P.A.)

The B.S./M.P.A. co-terminal degree program allows students to complete both an undergraduate Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) or Political Science (B.S.P.S.) and a graduate Public Administration degree in five years. This approach enables students to gain greater knowledge in specialized areas while completing fewer credit hours, with better scheduling flexibility than completing the two degrees separately.

Application to and acceptance into the M.P.A. program is open to students who have attained at least junior standing in the B.S. program. Students must maintain a combined 3.0 GPA to be admitted to and remain in a co-terminal degree program.

The application for the B.S./M.P.A. co-terminal program is accessible through the myIIT portal. Under the Academics tab, locate the Graduate Admission-Student channel and then access the link for the co-terminal application. Learn more about co-terminal degrees.

Master of Public Works

IIT Stuart collaborates with the IIT Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering (CAEE) for their Master of Public Works (Infrastructure Engineering and Management) degree. Learn more.

Learn More and Apply

Apply Now! Contact IIT Graduate Admission via phone at 312.567.3020 or via email at to learn more.

Advancing Career and Education (ACE) and Professional Communication Advancement (PCA) Programs provide additional professional experience and language development for Master's program applicants who meet certain criteria. 

For complete degree requirements and course descriptions, please visit the Graduate Academic Bulletin.