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 & DPA Director
Name: Dr. Allison Turner
Position: MPA Director
Name: Lillian Miller
Position: Assistant Department 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 both online 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:
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, Project Management, Sports Management & Athletics or Healthcare Management. 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.
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.
For students who do not wish to pursue a Master's degree but who are seeking to specialize in a specific area, we offer graduate certificates in the following areas:
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
Introduces students to the practiceof nonprofit administration. Core functions of the field are surveyed including financial and organizational management, role of boards and stratigic planning.
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.