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About Us

The Public Administration Institute (PAI) at the E. J. Ourso College of Business offers the Master of Public Administration (MPA), a 45-hour degree program which emphasizes management, financial, and public policy expertise for those leading public agencies, non-profits and healthcare organizations, federal, state, and local governments, and for-profit organizations that interact with Public Administration Summer 2016 Newsletter​​governmental agencies.

The PAI provides outstanding educational opportunities for those already in the workforce who wish to advance their careers, as well as those who seek an MPA immediately after earning their undergraduate degree. Our graduates have been successful in the public, non-profit, and private sectors, and have entered the Presidential Management Fellowship Program. They work for the federal, state, and local governments, become legislators and attorneys, join staffs on Capitol Hill in Washington, become members of the Office of the Governor, and hold key positions with national healthcare providers, among many other varied accomplishments.
The PAI faculty members are highly energetic, student-oriented, and nationally-recognized for expertise in their fields. Every faculty member brings academic integrity, professional training, and real world experience to the classroom.
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Mission Statement

With an overarching philosophy to improve public governance, particularly in Louisiana, the mission of the Public Administration Institute in the E. J. Ourso College of Business at Louisiana State University is to: (1) prepare talented and diverse Master of Public Administration students to manage and lead public, nonprofit, and private sector organizations and programs by providing them with the highest quality graduate education and insuring they receive the specific competencies, knowledge, skills, and values that are essential for ethical, accountable, and effective practice; (2) conduct cutting-edge scholarship consistent with the excellence embodied in the Research I ranking of Louisiana State University and enhance the Institute's reputation for prominence in scholarly research; (3) establish relationships with the governance and practitioner environment that foster a professional focus to public administration, and provide expertise to public, nonprofit, and private organizations that contribute solutions to the public challenges of our times.​


We invite you to get acquainted with the MPA Program at LSU, an extraordinary program providing a professional education for students seeking a career that is both interesting and vital.


paisa2.jpgThe Public Administration Institute Student Association (PAISA) is a professional student organization for students in the public administration program. PAISA provides professional and social activities for students to meet with professional public administrators and political leaders, as well as enhances student-faculty relations. PAISA also provides information regarding career opportunities in the field of public administration. The ultimate purpose of PAISA is to enhance the learning environment for all MPA students and provide information regarding career opportunities in the field of public administration. For more information about PAISA, e-mail

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