Until further notice, the Public Administration Program is operating remotely, and thus Saunders Hall 631 is closed for in-person business.
To contact us, please leave a voicemail at (808) 956-8260 or pubadmin@hawaii.edu.
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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.
 June 2021, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

Congratulations to our PUBA 'Ohana. PUBA MPAs went 5 for 5 on Election Night 2020.

We wish Radiant Cordero MPA '16, Jackson Sayama MPA '21, Roy Takumi MPA '93, Ty Cullen MPA '07, and Keola Lindsey MPA '16 all the best.

It's on folks! Call for Proposals open now until November 2, 2020. https://t.co/KIF3IkCAOB

Interested in learning more about UH Mānoa College of Social Sciences graduate programs? Join us Thursday, July 9 at 10 a.m. (HST) for a virtual information session.
To register, visit: https://t.co/QZwyzh2MS4

I am honored to join the Editorial Board of @ReviewofPPA and working with the incomparable @sowa75, especially in today's climate of unprecedented events and actions. I am confident that HR scholars will play a major role towards achieving positive outcomes.

We are still accepting applications for Fall 2020. As the COVID-19 pandemic amplifies the importance of effective public service, PUBA will accept applications through August 1, 2020 for the 2020–21 academic year.

UH public administration master's program reopens applications | University of Hawaiʻi System News

University of Hawaii at Manoa's Public Administration Program will accept applications through August 1, 2020.


UH Mānoa ranked No. 66 out of the top 300 U.S. universities. UH Mānoa ranked higher than the University of Arizona and Howard University (tied for No. 68), University of Oregon (tied for No. 94), and Loyola Marymount University (No. 111–120).

UH Manoa among top schools in new ranking | University of Hawaiʻi System News

The University of Hawaii at Manoa is ranked No. 66 out of the top 300 U.S. universities by QS World University Rankings.


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