Public and Nonprofit Administration Programs

The Department of Public and Nonprofit Administration (PNA) is an academic unit within the College of Letters and Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, offering graduate degree programs that prepare practitioners for the leadership and management of public and nonprofit organizations. It is the mission of the department to meet the diverse needs of the community, state and region by preparing effective practitioners and contributing to the growing body of knowledge related to public and nonprofit management.

Graduate programs offered by the department include:

Each one of these graduate programs is interdisciplinary, with curricular contributions from the Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business, the College of Letters and Science and, in the case of the MPA/MUP, the School of Architecture and Urban Planning.

Current department faculty teaching strengths and research interests encompass many areas of public and nonprofit administration, including ...

  • organization theory and behavior,
  • governance and executive leadership,
  • human resources,
  • public policy,
  • program evaluation,
  • resource development,
  • international NGOs,
  • public relations, and
  • nonprofit advocacy.

Affiliated and adjunct faculty are seasoned practitioners with expertise in areas such as municipal management, intergovernmental relations, risk analysis, nonprofit law and fundraising.

Associated with the Department of Public and Nonprofit Administration is the Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management (HBI), a nonprofit academic center whose mission is to improve the leadership and effectiveness of nonprofit organizations through education, research and service. While the programs emanating from the department are at the masters level, the department does offer some undergraduate courses in public and nonprofit administration. Doctoral students interested in focusing their studies on the nonprofit sector or public administration are able to do so through several Ph.D. programs on campus, including Urban Studies, Political Science, and the Multidisciplinary Ph.D. Many students from other masters and doctoral programs have added coursework in public or nonprofit administration to enhance their degrees.