Higher Education Partners

Northern Illinois University Master of Public Administration

Chief Tom Phillips at NIUOur mission is to improve the quality of life for all in local communities by strengthening professional and ethical public and nonprofit management through our teaching, scholarship and community engagement. We are committed to strengthening the knowledge and skills that enhance the management and leadership capacity of individuals pursuing public service careers by providing the highest quality education for careers in public management based on a contemporary curriculum, innovative instruction, scholarly and applied research and community service. The photo shows NIU Police Chief Thomas R. Phillips, Sr., who has an MPA from NIU and is now Chief of Police and Public Safety at NIU, engaging with the university community. 

More information here about NIU MPA for law enforcement. 


 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

 The criminal justice program at SIUE rests on a strong academic foundation, making a wide variety of occupations accessible to our graduates. A growing number of criminal justice jobs require a university degree, and a degree almost always improves a person’s chances for promotions and other career advancement. Graduates of the online criminal justice policy master’s program use their degree as a stepping stone to new careers or for advancement in professional positions that serve the criminal justice community and the public at large. SIUE offers a fully-online degree completion program in Bachelors of Arts/Science in Criminal Justice Studies. Additionally, SIUE offers a fully-online Masters in Criminal Justice Policy

The Department of Public Administration and Policy Analysis offers a graduate program leading to the fully-online Master of Public Administration (MPA), a professional degree designed to prepare persons for management careers in the public and nonprofit sectors.  SIUE’s nationally accredited MPA program serves two types of students: (1) pre-service students who have recently completed a bachelor’s degree and wish to use the master’s degree to gain entry into a professional career track, and (2) in-service students who have worked for several years in the public or nonprofit sector, but wish to return to the University to enhance or upgrade their skills and knowledge. 

Contact Emily Skowron at [email protected] or 618-650-3985 for more information.