Public Affairs, Hugo Wall School of

The Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs advances excellence in public service through integrated instruction, research and community service. This focus results not only in an excellent graduate education for students, but also allows a special connection with the community’s needs through research and professional service. By integrating teaching, research and service, the school makes a distinctive contribution to Wichita State University’s long-standing commitment of service to Wichita, the surrounding communities, the state of Kansas, and the region.

The school serves as the academic home for the Master of Public Administration degree, the Environmental Finance Center and the Kansas Public Finance Center. Through these units, faculty, staff and students blend teaching, research and community engagement in the interdisciplinary field of public affairs. Students completing the Master of Public Administration degree gain experience through hands-on research, and network with practitioners in the fields of public and nonprofit administration.

Financial Assistance

The school has two forms of financial aid available that provide recipients opportunities to be directly involved with research and service projects. Financial aid in the form of graduate assistantships and fellowships is awarded competitively on the recommendation of the faculty in the Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs.

Graduate assistants work directly with faculty and professional staff on research and community service projects through the Environmental Finance Center and the Kansas Public Finance Center. Graduate assistants work 20 hours per week with faculty and staff in the school’s research and public service activities.

The Hugo Wall School has four endowed fellowships available for financial assistance to qualifying graduate students enrolled in the Master of Public Administration degree. Preference is given to graduate assistants. These fellowships — the Hugo Wall, George Pyle, Mike Hill, and George Van Riper — are awarded on a competitive basis to students with exemplary records and specific career interests in the field of public administration.