The Department of Public Administration, which is now the Institute of Administrative Sciences (IAS), was established in 1962 after the Government of Pakistan decided to move the postgraduate program of Public Administration, from the University of Karachi to University of the Punjab. The Institute of Business and Public Administration (IBPA), which later became IBA, was established at the University of Karachi in 1959 with the technical assistance provided by the U.S. AID Mission to Pakistan. The IBPA started two separate postgraduate degrees in Business Administration and Public Administration. However Public Administration program was discontinued without producing any graduates.
The newly established Department of Public Administration (DPA) of the University of the Punjab continued to receive technical assistance under a U.S. AID funded project. Under this project, a team of professors from the University of Southern California (USC) under the headship of Professor Dr. Don R. Larson developed the academic programs and local faculty members were inducted who were later sent to USC for doctoral studies. This US trained faculty, after the departure of American professors, on completion of the USAID's project, led and managed the Department of Public Administration in the later years. The name of the department was later changed to the Department of Administrative Science.
Initially, the department started offering two M.A. programs:
- M.A. in Public Administration for fresh graduates
- M.A. in Administrative Sciences for in-service individuals.
In 1974, the Department of Administrative Science extended academic support to Gomal University for establishing the teaching departments of Public and Business Administration. Besides this, several national training institutions and government departments utilized the expertise of our department. In 1998, MPA Executive Program was launched which replaced the MAS program. With all these achievements, IAS can rightly claim to be a pioneer institution of governance and Public Management education in Pakistan. The institute currently offers programs ranging from undergraduate to postgraduate level.