Welcome to the Department of Public Administration
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Our mission is to strengthen the knowledge and skills necessary for professional and ethical public and nonprofit management through our scholarship in teaching, research
Ranked 4th in the nation for Local Government Management, 17th in Public Finance and Budgeting, 21st in Nonprofit Management, 32th in Public Management and Leadership and 47th in overall public affairs by U.S. News & World Report the NIU MPA program is an excellent choice for students looking to advance their careers in the field of public administration. These rankings outperform all other public and private institutions in Illinois, as well as many other schools nationwide, so it comes as no surprise that one-third of all city and county managers in Illinois are alumni of the program.