Department of Public Administration

A Career that Drives Public Progress. 

For more than 40 years, the LSU Department of Public Administration has prepared leaders for careers in public service. Our Master of Public Administration (MPA) program provides outstanding educational opportunities for those already in the workforce who wish to advance their careers and those who seek an MPA immediately after earning their undergraduate degree. Our graduates are successful in the public, non-profit, and private sectors — they work for the federal, state, and local governments, are legislators and attorneys, work as staff on Capitol Hill, and hold key positions with national healthcare providers, among many other varied accomplishments.



The Department of Public Administration seeks to improve public governance; prepare talented leaders in public, nonprofit, and private sector organizations; and improve the understanding and practice of administration and government through high-quality graduate education and scholarly research.

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Our researchers examine organizational, administrative, and policy sciences as they apply to government and governance. Public administration researchers are called to delve into controversial issues while remaining neutral.

Research from Public Administration

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Our faculty members are highly energetic, student-oriented, and nationally recognized for expertise in their fields. They bring academic integrity, professional training, and real-world experience to their classrooms.



Best Public Affairs Programs
(among US public programs)

- U.S. News & World Report - 2022


Best Masters-Public Administration/Management
(among US public institutions)

- Eduniversal - 2021


Of MPA graduates attribute their promotion/salary increase to earning an MPA.

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NASPAA Accredited Program

The Master of Public Administration is fully accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). NASPAA Accreditation supports a global network of programs bound by a commitment to public service values, programmatic improvement, and educational quality. NASPAA’s accreditation process, driven by public service values, is mission and outcomes-based, and grounded in an in-depth self-evaluation of programs using the NASPAA Accreditation Standards – the quality benchmark of graduate public service programs around the world. 

Employment & Completion Outcomes for LSU MPA Students 

Employment Placement for MPA Graduates in the 2021-2022 academic year:

  • Public Sector (Federal, State & Local Government) - 45%
  • Private Sector: 14%
  • Non-profit Sector- 32%
  • Military Service- 9%

(Total number of students in 2021-2022 for both modalities: 93)


of the 2017 MPA cohort graduated within two years


of the 2017 MPA cohort graduated within four years


James Richardson Endowment Fund

In honor of Professor James Richardson’s 40-year commitment to the success of the Department of Public Administration, the LSU Foundation, along with the E. J. Ourso College of Business and the Department of Public Administration, created the James A. Richardson Endowed Fund. The endowment is used for ​​general support of the department and funds activities like student attendance at professional development conferences and faculty research support. 

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As one of the founders of the department, Professor Emeritus James Richardson demonstrated a steadfast commitment to the success of the LSU Department of Public
Administration throughout his 50-year tenure as a professor.

Richardson is also a longtime figure on Louisiana’s Revenue Estimating Conference, a panel that determines the revenue outlook for future fiscal years and includes the governor, speaker of the House of Representatives, and president of the Senate. He has counseled numerous governors over the years – including serving as financial advisor to former Governor Buddy Roemer – and has played a major role in revenue policy and tax reform initiatives throughout the state’s recent history. Richardson’s reach has also extended beyond Louisiana’s borders as he has worked on a comprehensive tax study for the state of Kansas and served as an advisor to Alabama’s Department of Revenue.

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Public Administration Advisory Council

The advisory council is a committee of volunteers established to promote and support the Department of Public Administration's educational programs and strengthen its role within the college, university, and community. This includes interacting with faculty and students, commenting on curriculum and materials being covered in the programs, providing networking for faculty and students, and enhancing the overall program of the Department of Public Administration.

Meet the Council Members


Public Administration News

The E. J. Ourso College of Business Department of Public Administration is offering a seminar course beginning in January co-taught by Senator Bill Cassidy and Department Chair and Associate Professor Roy Heidelberg. The class is titled Special Topics: Ethics and Regulation of Artificial Intelligence.

The LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business is excited to announce the opening of the Office of Graduate Business Programs (OGBP), a centralized hub that provides a comprehensive collection of services to graduate students.

The Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) recently hosted the 2023 Wildfire Simulation Competition via in-person and virtual events over several days.


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Baton Rouge, LA 70803

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