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

The Stuart Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) program in Chicago is an applied program that provides students with the skills and knowledge they need to be effective public and nonprofit managers. It combines academic rigor with a practical orientation toward management and policy analysis. The M.P.A. program prepares students to be leaders in public, private, or nonprofit sector careers and cultivates professional growth opportunities in a variety of fields.

The Stuart M.P.A. program's unique position in a business school provides opportunities to learn best practices in management to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of organizations around the globe.

As a student in the 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.

Please note: Applicants to the M.P.A. program are not required to submit GRE/GMAT scores.

M.P.A. Capstone Project Becomes Model for Chicago

A veteran Chicago police officer, Catherine Sanchez (M.P.A. ’17) used her master’s capstone project at Stuart to research and develop a new crisis intervention model aimed at changing the way the city’s police interact with people with mental illness. Now she's leading a pilot of her model in District 19 of the Chicago Police Department. Read more in Illinois Tech Magazine.

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

View available courses and see course descriptions.

Learn about the tuition deferment plan available to Chicago Police and Fire Department employees.

Admission Requirements

  • Completed Online Application
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS score, if required. A minimum score of 85 on the internet-based TOEFL, 600 on the paper-based TOEFL, or 7.0 on the IELTS exam is required for admission consideration.

Veteran Applicants

IIlinois Tech 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.

Co-Terminal Degree with Undergraduate Program

Learn about the co-terminal degree that allows students to complete a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) with a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) in as few as five years.

One-Year Accelerated M.P.A. Program

The Stuart Master of Public Administration program offers a one-year, three-semester program option for international students. Students can choose among five concentrations to develop knowledge and skills in a specialized area. Classes are held in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. For more information, contact M.P.A. Program Director Roland Calia (

Master of Engineering in Public Works

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

Certificate Programs

Stuart offers certificate programs in public administration that are specifically designed for working professionals who want to enhance their professional knowledge.

  • Economic Development and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Nonprofit and Mission-Driven Management
  • Public Management (also offered with specialization in Public Transit Management)
  • Security, Safety, and Risk Management

M.P.A. certificate program courses may be transferred to a degree program if the grade is at or above a B.

Learn more about Certificate Programs

Dual Degree Programs

M.P.A. + Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

The M.P.A. + M.B.A. program is ideal for students who want to work in both public- and private-sector management, and/or who expect to move between business and government positions in their careers. The dual enrollment reduces degree requirements by 12 M.B.A. credits and six M.P.A. credits.

M.P.A. + Juris Doctor (J.D.)

The M.P.A. + J.D. degree is valuable particularly for administrators who need a greater understanding of legislation, rules, and judicial decisions. Dual enrollment can reduce the total number of credits from 120 to 105. Offered in coordination with Illinois Tech's Chicago-Kent College of Law. Please note: The admission process for Chicago-Kent is separate from that of Stuart.