IPA’s Academic Involvement

While the central mission of the Institute for Public Administration (IPA) is a strong public service and research program, it maintains a major involvement in the School of Public Policy & Adminisration's graduate degree programs in public administration. In addition to IPA's primary affiliation with the school, it has growing involvement with other related academic departments. IPA also contributes to the undergraduate program in leadership and service learning.

Individuals interested in applying for the MPA program or other graduate degree programs should contact the School of Public Policy & Administration (SPPA). Prospective students may contact the IPA Director or an IPA staff member to learn more about IPA research assistantship opportunities.

photo of School director Maria Aristigueta and two studentsBackground

IPA played a major role in the development of the Master of Public Administration Program in 1976 and since then has given its primary support to this program. Many IPA staff members hold faculty appointments and teach regularly in the MPA and PhD programs of SPPA, and a number of tenure-track faculty members hold productive staff appointments in IPA.

IPA also manages a strong internship and career-development program for SUAPP.

IPA supports more than 30 graduate and undergraduate research assistants annually, who may receive competitive stipends and tuition assistance for their work on a wide range of projects. These dynamic projects include legislative research for the Delaware General Assembly, health policy analysis, training and comprehensive planning support for towns in Delaware, civic education training, assistance through a program in conflict resolution, water resources research, and leadership training for women.  IPA research assistants also conduct research for public policy forums relating to transportation planning, education management, and economic development.

For more information, contact Jerome Lewis (302-831-8971).