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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 MPA Alumna of the Year, Kimberly Robinson, with MPA studentsgovernmental 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.
During the 2012-2013 academic school year, PAI celebrated its 40th anniversary. In September 2012, PAI welcomed former LSU Chancellor and NCAA President Mark Emmert to campus for a special luncheon and honored Director Jim Richardson for his 40 years of service to the university. Another luncheon in March 2013 saw PAI welcome back former LSU Chancellor and EADS North America

Chairman & CEO Sean O’Keefe. One month later, in April 2013, PAI co-hosted PAISA Day at the Business Education Complex, which featured a panel composed of four former Louisiana governors: Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, Edwin Edwards, Murphy “Mike” Foster, and Buddy Roemer.

View the 40th anniversary brochure here.

See information about the curriculum and program from 2014 PAI Orientation​.


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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