Public Administration Institute changes name to Department of Public Administration

May 20, 2019

BATON ROUGE – The Public Administration Institute (PAI) announced that it has changed its name to the Department of Public Administration at the E. J. Ourso College of Business.

“We are truly excited about the recent renaming of the Public Administration Institute (PAI) to the Department of Public Administration,” said Jared Llorens, director of the Department of Public Administration. “While the title of Institute was first used to reflect the interdisciplinary founding of the MPA degree program in 1984, PAI has operated as an independent degree and tenure-granting academic unit for most of its history. Ultimately, our name change to the Department of Public Administration more accurately reflects our academic operations, places us in line with our peer programs and allows for more effective branding as we recruit potential MPA students and faculty.”

Since its creation, the LSU MPA program has prepared students to work in government, nonprofit organizations and private entities that deal with governmental agencies and public policy issues. The MPA program is a 45-hour degree program which emphasizes management, financial, and public policy expertise for those leading public agencies, nonprofits and health care organizations, federal, state and local governments, and for-profit organizations that interact with governmental agencies. The program is currently ranked 60th by US News and World Report, among public programs.

The Department of Public Administration also offers the JD/MPA. The JD/MPA program is designed for students who intend to earn both a juris doctor and a Master of Public Administration concurrently. The degree is offered through the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center and the E. J. Ourso College of Business.

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Elizabeth Eaton
E. J. Ourso College of Business