Public leaders

U.S. News & World Report ranks NIU’s Master’s of Public Administration program third nationally in the specialty field of city management and urban policy, ahead of programs at all public and private institutions in Illinois and prestigious schools as USC, Syracuse and the University of North Carolina. NIU’s public administration program, a division within the Department of Political Science, produces about one-third of all Illinois city managers. The magazine ranks the program’s specialty in pubic finance and budgeting 13th in the nation.


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