The School of Public Affairs and Administration is committed to improving the quality of public and nonprofit service. In a diverse and inclusive community, the mission of the School of Public Affairs and Administration is to provide learning and discovery opportunities which advance the knowledge and use of professional ethics, best theories, policies and practices for public and nonprofit organizations in order to create and support societies of respect, liberty, justice and equality.
As a part of the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Public Affairs and Administration embraces the college’s values of global engagement, community participation, creativity and innovation, integrity, diversity, excellence, sustainability, and social responsibility. In keeping with our mission as a School of Public Affairs and Administration committed to improving the quality of public and nonprofit service, we uniquely value:
- The common good.
- Democratic governance and liberty.
- Ethical leadership, decision-making and administrative practice.
- Advocacy for social justice.
- Plurality of ideas and perspectives.
- Collaborative teaching, research and service.
- The intersection of theory and practice.
Western Michigan University's School of Public Affairs and Administration offers three academic programs.
- Master of Public Administration program, accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).
- Ph.D. in public administration.
- Undergraduate minors in nonprofit leadership, affiliated with the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, formerly American Humanics.
During the past 40 years, the School of Public Affairs and Administration has graduated more than 2,600 women and men (as of spring 2016) who hold leadership positions in federal, state and local governments; health care and social services organizations; nonprofit agencies; and academic institutions.
Undergraduate courses are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Kalamazoo campus.
Most graduate courses are offered once per week from 6 to 9 p.m. with selected courses offered on Saturday or online. Courses through the School of Public Affairs and Administration are available at the Kalamazoo campus, and the Lansing and Battle Creek regional locations of Western Michigan University.