The Public Administration Program is an innovative graduate-level program dedicated to the enhancement of public service. Since 1984, the program has been committed to increasing leadership resources for public service in Hawai‘i and the Asia-Pacific Region, building organizational and community collaborations for creative problem-solving, and nurturing connections between participants and a network of change agents.
Office: Saunders Hall 631
Tel: (808) 956-8260
Fax: (808) 956-9571
Hawai‘i is a unique place to hone public service leadership skills. The diversity of the state and the mixture of cultural traditions, from both West and East, establish an unusually rich setting for developing a leadership style.
The mission of the Public Administration Program is to energize public institutions and organizations doing public work, enrich civic culture, and increase leadership capacity for those with public and community responsibilities in Hawai‘i and the Asia-Pacific Region. The program does this through teaching, research, and service activities that give current and future public service professionals the knowledge and skills they need to be more effective in their work and communities.
The program's design is oriented by this question: "What do people in public service need to know to be effective in their work?" The response brings together participants from a rich variety of backgrounds to share experiences, uses collaborative teaching to view issues from different perspectives, emphasizes active engagement in classes, and continuously bapplies theory to practice.
Master of Public Administration (MPA), a Public Administration Certificate, Nonprofit Management Graduate Certificate (GCERT)