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The James W. Martin School of Public Policy and Administration (the Martin School) is the graduate public policy school of the University of Kentucky.

Located in Lexington, Kentucky, the Martin School prepares students for leadership in public service. The Martin School offers graduate degrees in public administration, public policy and health administration. U.S. News and World Report ranked the Martin School 6th in Public Finance and Budgeting among public affairs programs in 2004. [1]



The Martin School is named for James W. Martin, public servant and distinguished scholar of government finance and economics. Originally named the James W. Martin Center, the school admitted its first class in 1976. The name was changed to the James W. Martin School of Public Administration in 1984. In 1985, the school was designated a “Center of Excellence” by the University of Kentucky. The name was officially changed in 1994 to the James W. Martin School of Public Policy and Administration to better reflect the scope of the school’s academic and public service pursuits. [2]


The Martin School attracts students with a wide variety of backgrounds and interests. Students may choose from a variety of degree programs and tailor their experience by selecting an area of concentration, completing a 400-hour internship or practicum and presenting a self-directed capstone project. Master's programs are two-year degrees and may be completed on a full or part-time basis. The Masters of Health Administration program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation Healthcare Management Education. National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration accredits the Master's of Public Administration. The US News and World Report Rankings ranked the Martin School 4th in the area of Public Budgeting and Finance, and 20th among Public Universities in America!

Graduate Degree Programs:

Graduate Certificate Programs:

  • Gerontology
  • Transportation
  • Environmental Systems

Dual and Joint Degree Programs:

The Martin School offers dual and joint degrees with the College of Law (JD/MPA), College of Pharmacy (Pharm.D/MPA) and the College of Engineering (MPA/BS Engineering). The Pharm.D/MPA dual degree is the only program of its kind offered in the United States.[3]

Accelerated Degree Program:

The University Scholars Program allows students from the University of Kentucky, Georgetown College and Morehead State University to complete their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years.


The Martin School is home to the Institute for Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations and is a member of the Good Governance Consortium. The East Central European Scholars program hosts students and administrators from Eastern Europe for one to two semesters of graduate study at the University of Kentucky. The Martin School works in close connection to the UK Center for Poverty Research and the UK Center for Nonprofit Leadership.

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