Attend a Public Administration Programs Information Session

What Kind of Impact Will You Make on Your Community?

Every aspect daily life is impacted in some way by the actions of the federal, state, or local bureaucracies that manage and organize the public life of its citizens. Public administration controls everything from the way we work, we travel, our health, our education, etc. The scope of public administration is wide. Public administration policies are made in order to organize interactions and connections among people living in groups. Thus, public administration spurs reforms to improve current policies, and on the other hand, and to help maintain existing policies for stability.

Many Options Are Available for Students Interested in Public Administration

The Department of Public Affairs' mission is to educate and support leaders in urban public administration, particularly in government, health care, and nonprofit sectors. Its preeminent programs of graduate degree and non-degree educations, scholarly and applied research, public service and community problem-solving initiatives provide our students with the theoretical and practical foundation necessary to assume leadership positions in public affairs.

Our Programs

Traditional MPA - Choosing a master's degree in public administration allows individuals to gain the knowledge and technical skills to pursue careers in private organizations, non-profit associations and government sectors. Government sectors include local, federal and state positions. Students who earn a master's degree in public administration develop skills that are valued by employers, including research, analysis, synthesis, critical thinking, writing and public speaking. Students and alumni may find employment in city, state or federal government offices, nonprofits, health care organizations, social services and educational institutions depending on their experience and skills. Students complete the program at their own pace, with the average completion time of 3 years.

Executive MPA - The EMPA degree program is designed to meet the needs of the advanced mid-career professional. With a focus on executive leadership in the public, nonprofit and health care sectors, the E.M.P.A. provides specialized executive education for individuals with proven professional experience. The Bloch Executive MPA is the only degree program in the region designed especially to meet the unique needs and interests of these leaders. This is a 22-month cohort program with students proceeding through it as a group, creating a network of professional peers.

Graduate Certificates - These 18 credit professional certificate programs are targeted to community representatives, graduate students and professionals seeking advanced education.

  • Graduate Certificate in Urban Policy and Administration- Students gain the knowledge to assume leadership roles in governmental and nonprofit organizations working on urban issues.
  • Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Innovation - The program aids students in acquisition of the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to pursue and advance in nonprofit management.

Information Sessions

If you are interested in learning more about the Bloch School Public Administration programs, join us for one of our information sessions. They provide a wonderful opportunity to visit the campus and to hear from admissions staff and faculty of the program. Upcoming campus information session dates include:

For faster information, please email your inquiry to

Public Administration Information Sessions will be held in the Bloch School Heritage Hall at 5110 Cherry Street, Mag Conference Room (2nd floor).

Thursday, October 20, 5:30 PM
Wednesday, November 16, 5:30 PM
Thursday, January 26, from 5:30 PM
Saturday, February 18, 10:00 AM
Wednesday, March 22, from 5:30 PM
Tuesday, April 18, from 5:30 PM
Thursday, May 18, from 5:30 PM

Register for an information session online, OR RSVP by calling (816) 235-2894 or emailing us at

Henry W. Bloch School of Management
5110 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64110

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