Public Administration Program

Education for Public Service

Welcome to the University of Hawai'i Public Administration Program (PUBA), an innovative graduate-level program dedicated to the enhancement of public service and public institutions.

Since 1984, the Program has been committed to:

  • Increasing leadership resources for public service in Hawai'i and the Asia-Pacific Region
  • Building organizational and community collaborations for creative problem-solving
  • Nurturing connections between participants and a network of change agents

PUBA Mission

The mission of the Public Administration Program is to equip those with public and community responsibilities in Hawaii, the Mainland, and the Asia-Pacific region with knowledge and skills to adapt to changing public service environments and to work collaboratively to solve problems.

The Program does this in a manner informed by the traditions, cultural sensitivity, and inclusiveness special to Hawaii, enabling our graduates to provide leadership and improve communities wherever they serve. Through teaching, research and service, the Program aims to give current and future public service professionals the knowledge and skills they need to be effective leaders in a diverse and globalizing world.

PUBA: Focus and Place


The Program's design is oriented by this question: What do people in public service need to know to be effective in their work? Our response brings together participants from a rich variety of backgrounds to share experiences, uses collaborative teaching to view issues from different perspectives, emphasizes active engagement in classes, and continuously applies theory to practice.

Our large alumni network is a significant asset to UH MPA graduates. Hawaii is a unique place to hone your skills in public service leadership. Both physically, and by cultural outlook, Hawai'i lies between the United States Mainland and Asian and Pacific societies. The diversity of the state and the mixture of cultural traditions from both West and East establish an unusually rich setting for developing your leadership style.

NOTE: We are still accepting applications for our Master's of Public Administration (MPA) and Nonprofit Management Certificate (NPM).  Please contact PUBA for late application submissions.