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Welcome to the College of Public Affairs.


"We believe that public service is the highest of callings, and an opportunity to spend a fantastic career improving lives."

--Roger E. Hartley, dean

The University of Baltimore is a fantastic place to study public affairs! UB’s College of Public Affairs is a community of students, faculty, staff and alumni who are all dedicated to improving the lives of others. Our students learn from internationally known scholars and award-winning teachers who help students gain practical experience and find new pathways toward rewarding careers in public service.

Our location in Baltimore, Maryland’s largest city, provides our students with a “built-in” laboratory, with opportunities to put theory into practice and create change right outside our doors. Students in residence at the University of Baltimore find themselves only blocks away from opportunities to solve real-world problems inside city, state, federal and international organizations as well as local and national nonprofits and foundations. We offer classes during the day, in the evenings, on weekends and online to accommodate the different schedules of our diverse student body. And, we offer several of our programs at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, MD, located along Montgomery County’s expanding “high-tech” corridor and minutes away from the DC metro area.

On our website, you will find the latest news about our exceptional students, faculty, staff and alumni, and a wealth of information and resources to help you get to know the college and the people who make it work. In our college you will find programs that touch on almost every field of public service and a curriculum that helps produce leaders and administrators prepared to make effective public policy, produce change and achieve social justice. We offer undergraduate, graduate, certificate and continuing education programs within three distinct schools: School of Criminal Justice, School of Health and Human Services and School of Public and International Affairs. The college is also home to two research centers: the Center for Drug Policy and Enforcement, which focuses on applied research initiatives to stop the proliferation of drugs and violence in our communities; and the Schaefer Center for Public Policy, Maryland’s cutting edge policy and opinion research institute that offers numerous educational opportunities for working professionals seeking to advance their careers.

I urge you to connect with and get to know our college’s faculty, advisers and staff. We are here to help you succeed. While studying with us, you will learn by engaging with the community and you’ll make lifelong friendships and form strong professional networks that will help support your academic and professional goals. You’ll also get a chance to meet our successful alumni, many of whom mentor our students through University programs like Backpack to Briefcase, and connect our students to internship and career opportunities.

At the College of Public Affairs we believe that public service is the highest of callings, and an opportunity to spend a fantastic career improving lives. As dean, I want to warmly welcome you to the University of Baltimore’s College of Public Affairs.

-Roger E. Hartley, Ph.D., dean, College of Public Affairs

Have a question for the dean? Reach out to him by calling the Office of the Dean at 410.837.5359 or by email at