Education for Public Service

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

Since 1984, our program has been committed to:

  • Increasing leadership resources in Hawaiʻi, the U.S., and the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Building organizational and community collaborations for creative problem-solving.
  • Nurturing connections between participants and a network of change agents.

What do people in public service need to know to be effective in their work?

Our program is built around this essential question. To answer it, we:

  • Bring together participants from a rich variety of backgrounds to share experiences.
  • Use collaborative teaching to view issues from different perspectives.
  • Emphasize active engagement in classes.
  • Continuously apply theory to practice.

NASPAA accredited MPA with concentrations in public service leadership and nonprofit management.

PUBA will host the Public Management Research Conference in 2020.
June 25-27, 2020, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

PASO Speaker Series | The Impact of Nonprofit Organizations


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2020 PMRC Hawai'i Call for Proposals
Open: August 30, 2019
Submission deadline: November 4, 2019
Proposal decision date: January 31, 2020

The executive officers of PASO invite all PUBANs to our first FALL 2019 PASO Speaker Series “Factors for Success". This is a great opportunity to network with current students and recent graduates. We look forward to re-connecting with familiar faces and meeting new ones.Join us

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