The interdisciplinary planning and public affairs degree will prepare students to pursue careers in government service, as well as the rapidly growing nonprofit sector.

The degree also helps the university fulfill its pledge to “Create a university ecosystem that enables UI to be an international leader in confronting the grand challenges of the 21st century.” That includes addressing how society responds to key problems facing communities, the nation, and the world.

Students admitted to the 42-hour degree began their studies in Fall 2020. Expected enrollment in the program includes individuals already employed and classes will mostly be offered on campus.

The Master of Public Affairs program is administered by the School of Planning and Public Affairs in the Graduate College. The Political Science Department is partnering with School of Planning and Public Affairs to manage the new program. Other partners include, but are not limited to, degree programs in strategic communications, management and organization, civil and environmental engineering, and health policy.