Public Administration and Urban Studies at The University of Akron

Department of Public Administration and Urban Studies

The Department of Public Administration & Urban Studies at the University of Akron allows students to develop theoretical knowledge and applied skills in the public and nonprofit sectors of business.

The Department’s premier graduate program is the Master of Public Administration (MPA), an interdisciplinary program. Flexible instructional formats offer working adults seeking additional training— many working in public sector jobs in government and non-profit agencies, and a hybrid format, classroom and/or online, for recent graduates developing skills for public and nonprofit sector careers.

Join a diverse student population that spans the globe, Africa, Asia, Central America and Europe, and receive an enriching worldview about public issues.

Our Mission

The Mission of the Department of Public Administration and Urban Studies is dedicated to improving the capacity of public service in a dynamic urban society through education, scholarship and community engagement.  We are committed to student success, to research and scholarship to communications across social and cultural boundaries, to using information technologies to serve students and the public, and to recognizing the unique values, perspectives, and capacities of individual students. 


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