West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Department of Public Policy and Administration
College of Business and Public Management
Business and Public Management Center
50 Sharpless Street
West Chester, PA 19383
Name: Dr. Jeremy Phillips
Position: Department Chair
Name: Dr. Allison Turner
Position: Assistant Chair & MPA Director
Name: Dr. Kristen Crossney
Position: DPA Director
Name: Lillian Miller
Position: Assistant Director
The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is a professional degree designed for individuals with professional work experience who desire to enhance their administrative and public management skills, as well as for pre-service students who do not have professional experience. Students who lack public service leadership experience will incorporate a relevant internship into their program.
The program is offered through the Department of Public Policy and Administration, which is housed within the College of Business and Public Management. The MPA curriculum provides students with a foundation in the practice of public administration. Beyond that, students earning the degree will possess a high level of competency in administrative processes for the public (and even the private) sector. We currently offer online, virtual and face-to-face instruction.
(36-39 semester hours)
The curriculum consists of 21 semester hours in the public administration core, a 3 semester hour capstone and 12 semester hours in a selected concentration area:
Concentrations available in Nonprofit Administration and Public Management. In addition, those pursuing the general degree can earn a graduate certificate concurrently with their MPA in such areas as Urban and Regional Planning, Industrial Psychology, Healthcare Management, Emergency Preparedness, HR Management, Sports Management & Athletics, Healthcare Management and more. Students pursuing full-time study (9 credit hours or more per semester) can complete the degree in two years (or even less if enrolled in available summer courses). Students needing to complete an internship will require additional time or will have to increase their number of credit hours in one semester to finish in two years.
Certificates are designed for persons who desire to enhance their management and supervisory skills in these particular areas. To earn the certificate, students must complete 12-semester hours with a minimum grade of "B" in each course. Those interested in the certificate option must follow and meet the same admissions criteria as master's degree students.
The following represents Administrative Core Courses for the MPA program.
*All are required for all MPA students
In just five years you can earn both your undergraduate and graduate degrees with WCU's Accelerated MPA Program. Note that all majors are eligible. You may still pursue a minor, a double minor, or even a double major under this plan since there are numerous slots for electives. You can also take 3-15 credits of internship under this plan. How do you achieve a Bachelor's and a Master's Degree in approximately five years?
If you have 90 credits and a 3.0 GPA just complete this form, attain the required signatures, and forward it to Graduate Studies. Upon approval you may begin the program by registering for PPA500. Note that you will apply to the graduate program in your last undergraduate semester.
No comprehensive examination is required for the administrative core. However, in lieu of an examination, each of the seven administrative core courses must be completed with a grade of at least "B." In addition, all students are required to complete a Capstone Seminar that will serve as a culminating experience for the program as well as a required competencies portfolio.