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University of Kansas School of Public Affairs & Administration

The mission of the School of Public Affairs and Administration at the University of Kansas is to educate exceptional leaders for public service who provide solutions to the most pressing community challenges at all levels of governance. With roots in local government management and urban policy, we advance the public good, democratic values, and ethical public management practices.

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Undergraduate Programs

We offer bachelor's degrees in public administration or law and society, and minors in each. Most coursework is completed at the KU Edwards Campus.

About Undergraduate Programs
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Graduate Programs

Some of the most versatile advanced degrees on the market, we offer master's degrees in public administration or urban planning, a fellowship in local government management, and a doctorate in public administration.

About Graduate Programs
Graduates of the Emerging Leaders Academy

Professional Development Programs

Explore the professional development opportunities offered by the KU Public Management Center, the professional development arm of the School of Public Affairs and Administration.

Professional Development Programs at the KU Public Management Center

Why KU's School of Public Affairs and Administration?

In Local Government Management by US News and World Report since 1998
In Public Management and Leadership by US News and World Report
Top 25 overall best Public Affairs programs in the country by US News and World Report
Placement rate within 6 months of graduation.
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What Can I Do With This Degree?

What doors open for you with one of our degrees? Read about making a difference with a bachelor's, master's, or Ph.D. degree from our program.

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First Roadshow Stop to Take Place at the University of Kansas, Site of NLC’s Founding in 1924 LAWRENCE, KS – One hundred years ago, in 1924, the National League of Cities (NLC) was founded in Lawrence, Kansas at the University of Kansas in the original Frase
On Wednesday, February 7, 2024, Associate Professor Zachary Mohr, from the KU School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA), made significant contributions to the discourse on election administration funding by providing expert testimony during a hearing held by th

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