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Hauptmann School of Public Affairs



The Hauptmann School for Public Affairs is about more than top-notch degrees. A distinctive history, academic excellence, a commitment to developing leaders for an increasingly “unscripted future”  – these are just some of the attributes that set the Hauptmann experience apart.

The HSPA offers citizen-centered, professional programs of study that are grounded in the liberal arts tradition. Students develop the knowledge, skills and values that are necessary for leadership and service in government, in the businesses world and in non-profit sectors of society. Coursework also stresses the larger issues of democracy, stewardship and technology to equip students with the courage and discernment to act for the common good in a global context.

Whatever their ultimate career choice, HSPA students develop a lifelong passion for public affairs that is fundamental to citizenship in a free society.


Academic Programs

The Hauptmann School for Public Affairs offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs along side graduate and professional certificate programs to fit whatever stage of your career.
  • Master of Public Affairs
  • Master of Healthcare Administration
  • Bachelor of Public Administration
  • Various certificate programs
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Dean's Message

Dr. Laurie DiPadovaStocksThe Hauptmann School for Public Affairs is about much more than top-notch graduate degrees. A distinctive history, academic excellence, a commitment to developing leaders for an increasingly "unscripted future"—these are the attributes that set the Hauptmann experience apart. More Go


Center for Leadership

Honorable Kay BarnesLed by former Mayor Kay Barnes, Kansas City, Missouri, the Center will focus on preparing students and others for leadership in an "unscripted future."  More Go

Dr. Jerzy Hauptmann

Dr. Jerzy Hauptmann

Park’s MPA program proudly bears the name of Park University Professor Emeritus Jerzy Hauptmann, Ph.D., a man who himself faced dramatic uncertain times. More Go




Statement on the U.S. Federal Government Shutdown

The Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) offers the following statement on the recent shutdown of the federal government: Read the NASPAA Statement Go

We join NASPAA in recognizing the hard work, commitment to service, and patriotism of our nation’s dedicated public servants. This includes all the furloughed federal employees, and other federal, state, local, and military who were adversely impacted by the interruption in our government.

Many graduates of Park University with their MPA, BPA and MHA degrees are among those public servants negatively impacted. They embrace the Hauptmann School values of serving the common good, making ethical decisions, exercising authority responsibly, acting with moral courage, and protecting human dignity worldwide.

All public employees at all levels of government make daily commitments to serve each of us in many ways that many Americans re-discovered during the shutdown. Their hard work is worthy of high praise. We take this opportunity to renew our commitment to them and to our great Nation.