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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. 

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, and the undergraduate scholarship available to their children and grandchildren.

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

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.

Master of Public Works

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