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Our Mission

The College of Public Affairs at the University of Baltimore is a vibrant, urban college engaged in personalized teaching and innovative research that promotes excellence in the public and nonprofit sectors. CPA is an intellectual catalyst for local, regional, national and global leadership in the fields of public administration, international affairs, conflict management and negotiation, health and human services, and criminal justice. CPA influences the broader community through traditional degree programs, continuing education, research and engaged practice.

The College of Public Affairs inspires and educates a diverse student body whose education grounds them in theory and practice and readies them to contribute to their organizations and communities. Our engaged faculty and practitioners are committed to improving the practice in their fields through excellence in instruction, research and applied practice.

You are capable of comprehending administrative decisions from multiple perspectives. You can communicate your rationale clearly. You are the public leader of the future.

Tomorrow's workplace is even more complex than today's. The College of Public Affairs prepares the problem-solvers who will analyze policy and lead public, nonprofit, health-care and third sector organizations of the future.

We are ranked 73rd nationally in U.S. News & World Report's 2013 edition of "Best Grad Schools," a significant honor and testament to the quality of our programs, students and faculty.

Our faculty members are renowned experts in their fields and include a group of National Academy of Public Administration fellows. In the classroom, they urge you to analyze today's pressing policy issues to inform your contribution to national and international public affairs of tomorrow. The college is also home to the Schaefer Center for Public Policy, the preeminent public policy research center in Maryland.

Our academic programs capitalize on the University's distinction in the fields of public administration, criminal justice and health and human services:

Learn more about the schools within the college: