• Message from the Director

    Welcome to the Public Administration Programs at Hamline!

    For over 30 years Hamline has been providing education that helps students enhance their skills as public servants. We pride ourselves on a theory-to-practice approach that has created leaders in the public sector. Students learn from faculty who have proven leadership experience in the field and who bring this experience to the classroom to create dynamic learning environments.

    Public servants affect the quality of people’s lives on a daily basis. From public safety to roads and public works, public health, education and social services, public administrators provide vital services that help keep our communities strong and functioning smoothly.

    Now is an especially important time for you to further your education in public administration. The public sector is facing a crisis of leadership as 50% of the current workforce, particularly those in leadership positions, will be eligible to retire in the next 5 to 10 years. Getting your masters or doctorate in public administration now will help you get the skills and credentials needed to move in to leadership positions in the public sector.

    With a theory-to-practice and cross-sector approach to education, the public administration programs at Hamline provide you the knowledge and skills necessary to work in the dynamic world of public service. Taught by experts with a passion for public service, you will leave class each week with knowledge you can take to the workplace.

    Here's what some of our faculty have to say about our community of learners:

    "Our faculty are the heart of the program.They are seasoned public servants who are passionate about public service and sharing their knowledge and experience to train others looking to work for the common good."
    - Professor Kris Norman-Major

    "The Hamline MPA helps students reveal the public good by combining theory with practice. So, I strive to prepare students to be both creative thinkers and great doers."
    -Instructor Wally Wysopal, city manger, City of Fridley

    "There is a dynamic, talented, and growth-oriented group of people at work in our community--The Hamline MPA students who are enrolled in our programs. To a person, they are bright and their ideas challenge their fellow students, and me, to learn more about government, non-profits as well as business. I enjoy every day that I work with them!"
    - Adjunct professor Wally Swan, owner, Wallace Swan & Associates

    We hope your will join our community of learners in your quest to further your education in public administration.

    Craig Waldron Promo
    Craig Waldron
    Lecturer; director, public administration programs; and co-director, Center for Public Administration and Leadership
    cwaldron01@hamline.edu