Public Administration


The Public Administration Department was founded in 1975. The Department has held membership in the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). The curriculum conforms to the accreditation standards adopted by the NASPAA which expresses the program’s commitment to the field and to public service education as a discipline. NASPAA-accredited programs are leaders in the field of public service education. The NASPAA Standards and accreditation process serve to maintain and enhance the recognition and reputation of graduate public service degrees, globally. The program has evolved from a general Master of Public Administration degree to a curriculum that offers four areas of specialization in:

  • Human Resources Management
  • Internal Administration & Development Management
  • Nonprofit Leadership & Management
  • Public Policy


Department of Public Administration
Henry Elonge, Ph.D., Chair,
McPheeters-Dennis, Room 280

Program Highlights

  • New Nonprofit Leadership & Management Specialization
  • Public Administration Alumni Network Re-chartered (CAUAA Affiliate)
  • New Mentoring Program
  • MPA Online coming soon
  • National Forum for Black Public Administrators Executive Leadership Institute Host Site
  • American Society for Public Administration – Georgia Chapter Conference Host
  • Southeastern Conference for Public Administration University Host
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The Mission of the Public Administration Department at Clark Atlanta University is to educate a diverse group of globally-minded students in the core areas of the discipline of public administration to prepare them for successful careers in leadership and management in the public and non-profit sectors. The program is grounded in the tenets of professionalism, social equity, diversity and ethics, as essential foundations for the development of well credentialed and skilled future public administrators.


The Public Administration Department’s vision is to become the leading Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Public Administration program in the United States. The Department’s goal is to train and develop national and global public service leaders who will leverage Clark Atlanta University’s (CAU) rich history and experiences in advocating for diversity, social equity, ethics, and empowerment to make meaningful contributions to national and international public service organizations. The professional program will produce highly credentialed and skilled public managers and entrepreneurs who will address the challenges posed by the new national and global realities of this century.

PAD Advisory Board:

The overall purpose of the Public Administration Department’s Advisory Board is to support the  research, instructional, and public service missions of the Public Administration Department as it seeks to enhance its top national ranking and reputation for excellence. More specifically, the Advisory Board provides advice and counsel at the request of the Department in matters relating to the academic and professional development of the department. It will also serve as a potential liaison for the Department’s current students to the professional world and mentor students as they enter the workforce. Finally, the Board generates the human and material resources necessary to attain the goals and objectives of the department. The Advisory Board is comprised of a select group of 8 - 10 members. Individuals are appointed to serve on the Board by invitation only for a three-year term. Advisory Board members represent all sectors: public, private, and non-profit.  Additional Board information is available via the Advisory Board’s website @

Contact Information
223 James P. Brawley Dr., S.W.
McPheeters-Dennis Hall, Room 280
Atlanta, GA 30314
Phone: 404-880-6650