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 Important Information:

 The SIUE MPA program accepts students each semester - Fall, Spring or Summer with no GMAT or GRE requirement.


Chair’s Welcome

Welcome to the website of the Department of Public Administration and Policy Analysis at SIUE. The MPA degree is a graduate master’s program. We examine public organizations and how they function as well as the impacts of public policy. We study public HR management, leadership, local government fundamentals, nonprofit management, issues of public safety and much more. MPA graduates pursue a wide range of career paths in federal or state government, county and local administration and as nonprofit administrators. There are numerous professional opportunities in which to apply the MPA degree; we have students who utilize the degree as a credential into a certain field while others pursue it for career advancement. Additionally, the MPA degree may serve as a foundation for a terminal degree in public administration or policy.

The full time and part time professionals of our program offer flexible course scheduling to accommodate the diverse student population we serve. We have adapted and moved many of our face to face and hybrid courses online and continue to attract high-quality graduate students from various backgrounds and areas of interest. Each core course is offered a minimum of three times per academic year and electives are offered a minimum of once per year. With recent expansion of our online offerings the degree may now be completed in as little as twelve months. Currents students range in completing the degree within 12 months, 18 months, or any period between 24-72 months. The SIUE MPA program also offers applied internships and graduate assistantships for interested prospective students.

Our MPA program recently was reaccredited by NASPAA (The National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration), the official accrediting body for schools of public affairs, public management, and public administration. We will maintain this prestigious and well-deserved recognition for seven years due to the efforts of the outstanding full and part-time faculty we retain.

Thank you for your interest in our program. We look forward to reviewing your application.


Nancy L. Huyck, MPA, DPA

Associate Professor, Department Chair



The date of the MPA's Fall 2020 Comprehensive Exam will be Friday, November 6th, from 8:30-1:00.  The registration form can be found on the Department of Public Administration and Policy Analysis website.  After filling out the form, please send the form as an attachment to

Registration forms along with the two required, non-graded essays must be submitted no later than Friday, October 9th. Registration forms and essays for the Fall 2020 MPA Comprehensive Exam will not be taken after October 9, 2020.



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