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West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Department of Public Policy and Administration
College of Business and Public Management
Fifth Floor
Business and Public Management Center
50 Sharpless Street
West Chester, PA 19383


Phone: 610-436-2438
Email: mpa@wcupa.edu

Name: Dr. Allison Turner
Position: Department Chair

Name: Lillian Miller
Position: Program Coordinator

Name: Abraham Sanchez
Position: Department Secretary


Facility and Directions

Welcome to the Department of Public Policy & Administration, home to the Master of Public Administration (accredited by NASPAA-The Global Standard in Public Service Education) and the Doctor of Public Administration degrees. The core focus of our programs is helping individuals develop their public service skills. Our dynamic, practical programs enhance your general management and administrative qualifications with the option of developing specific expertise in a number of concentration areas including Nonprofit Administration and Public Management. At the same time, many of our students earn graduate certificates in such areas as Healthcare Management, Emergency Preparedness, Urban & Regional Planning, Human Resource Management, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Project Management and Sports Management & Athletics.

Welcome Statement

Beginning as a stand-alone graduate program in 1979, our degree programs continue to attract and graduate professionals from all types of organizations. As of the current 2017 fall semester, the department is the proud home of 245 students comprised of emerging and existing public service leaders. Whether your career path is in a public, nonprofit or private (e.g., as consultants to governmental organizations or as governmental service providers) setting, our program meets your needs if you are ready to enhance your general management skills and upgrade your expertise in a specific career area.

Oriented toward emerging and existing public service leaders, our curriculum setting, structure and culture serve individuals who seek to learn alongside working professionals. Indeed, an important strength of our program is the caliber and diversity of our student body and, as a result, the quality of peer learning from which you will benefit. We have a healthy balance of students who are midcareer professionals attending our classes one or two evenings per week and emerging public service leaders who enroll in three or more classes per week, including our online course offerings. Another strength of our degree program is our faculty, who all have experience working in the fields of public administration and nonprofit management. In addition to our regular faculty, we also have an excellent group of practitioners who bring to the classroom an extensive amount of practical experience. In this way, our students are always taught by individuals who have worked or continue to work in the field of public service.

To learn more about our MPA and DPA programs here at West Chester University, we encourage you to explore this website. We trust that it will prove a useful source of information for you and answer many of your initial questions. We thank you for your interest and would be happy to talk or meet with you at anytime, so please contact us. Enjoy your visit!

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Public Policy and Administration at West Chester University is to provide high quality accessible public service education for a diverse group of emerging and existing public service leaders. Our program prepares students to manage and lead across boundaries of the public, nonprofit and private sectors. A community of accomplished scholars and practitioners instructs and mentors students in pursuing the public interest with accountability and transparency; serving professionally with competence, efficiency and objectivity; acting ethically to uphold the public trust; and demonstrating respect, equity and fairness in dealings with citizens and fellow public servants. The PPA Department, with its affiliated Center for Social and Economic Policy Research, provides community access to faculty expertise, applied scholarship and guidance in the practice of public affairs, administration and policy.

Learning Goals

In support of the University and Department Missions, both the MPA and DPA programs provide public, nonprofit and private sector employers with leaders, managers and analysts who are able:

  • To lead and manage in public governance
  • To participate in and contribute to the public policy process
  • To analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems and make decisions
  • To articulate and apply a public service perspective
  • To communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing work force and citizenry

Spotlight On:

  • Kellen kane headshot

    Current MPA student, Kellen Kane

    has received a highly competitive 2017 Equity & Inclusion Fellowship for the APPAM Conference. Kellen will travel to Chicago in November with prestigious company to celebrate his award.

    In an effort to encourage participation by underrepresented students in APPAM and its activities, the Policy Council and APPAM’s Diversity Committee created the ‘APPAM Equity and Inclusion Fellowship’ in April of 2016. The fellowship supports the travel and participation of the winning students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds at the 2017 APPAM Fall Research Conference, November 2 - 4, in Chicago. The fellows will receive a complimentary registration, travel and lodging for the conference, as well as a stipend to cover some expenses at the conference.

    In addition, the fellows will be celebrated at the Equity & Inclusion Fellowship Lunch and encouraged to take part in our Mentor Matching program, designed to connect APPAM student members with professionals to get advice on professional development issues, to discuss job search strategies, research projects and ideas, and answer any questions students may have as they approach graduation.

  • Amanda Olejarski Headshot

    Faculty member Dr. Amanda Olejarski has co-authored Chapter 13, Public Administrative Communication

    • Foundations of Public Administration
    • Edited by Jos C.N. Raadschelders and Richard J. Stillman II
    • Paperback
    • ISBN #: 978-099730842-6
    • list price: $59.95

    What do the leading scholars in the field of public administration have to say about the most important areas in the field? Foundations of Public Administration answers this question by providing academics and students with a rich supply of knowledge on the scope, methods, and theoretical foundations of the field. The result is a definitive, comprehensive framework for the study of public administration that no student or scholar should be without.

    Praise for Foundations of Public Administration:

    “An assemblage of authoritative discussions of major topics in public administration, by an impressive cast of accomplished experts. Scholars and students who want to be well-informed about the field will need to read this book.” (Hal G. Rainey, Alumni Foundation Distinguished Professor, School of Public and International Affairs, University of Georgia)

    “For those of us in the business of fostering the next generation of PA scholars and teachers, this volume brings together insightful material by an outstanding group of authors who know and appreciate what it means to understand and advance the ‘study’ of public administration. It is a much needed and welcome addition to the field. )Melvin J. Dubnick, Professor of Political Science, University of New Hampshire)

    “This book provides an excellent comprehensive overview of the foundations of U.S. Public Administration, written by many of the top experts in the field. Scholars, graduate students, undergraduates, and practitioners alike will benefit from the up-to-date analyses as well as the insightful research questions." (Rosemary O'Leary, Edwin O. Stene Distinguished Professor, School of Public Affairs, University of Kansas)

  • Anne Okelo in Kenya

    Anne Okelo, a 2010 graduate of the Master of Public Administration Program

    secured funding in excess of $35,000.00 to construct a well that now provides her village of Angiro, Kenya access to fresh water. A documentary of Anne's story titled, "Well of Dreams" can be previewed here. For more information go to the Well of Dreams website.

  • Headshot of El'Martez Jones

    El'Martez Jones, a 2012 graduate of the Master of Public Administration Program

    decided to pursue his passion in Human Resources/Public Service after earning his MPA. El'Martez landed a contractual position within the U.S Department of Education's Human Capital & Client Services, Executive Director's Office. One of his highlights at ED consisted of completing a high priority and confidential project within the Electronic Official Personnel Folder system (eOPF) by investigating a privacy breach and providing final report (60 days ahead of timeline) to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). He also reviewed plans and analyzed data to establish the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for the Department of Education's Orientation Survey to adhere with the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), United States Code (USC), OPM's guidance, and ED's policy.

  • Headshot of El'Martez Jones

    Justin R. Nalley is a recent graduate of the West Chester University Public Administration program.

    His interests lie in American policy, education policy development, evaluation, and analysis. As a student, Justin researched federal influence in education, municipal budgeting processes, and welfare reform legislation. He completed an internship at the University of Pennsylvania's Think Tank for Civil Society program, collecting and analyzing data on public policy research organizations within the U.S. Upon graduating in 2014, Justin accepted a position as a Research Analyst, conducting data analysis and evaluation at Children's Literacy Initiative, a nonprofit organization focused on teacher development to increase student literacy achievement in urban districts. Justin is a member of the WCU chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha honor society, serving on the mentor committee for incoming students.

  • Headshot of El'Martez Jones

    Lauren Richard is a 2013 MPA graduate and former WCU Graduate Student Association (GSA) President.

    As a student, Lauren pursued her passion for Human Resource Management with a particular interest in Organizational Development. In her role as the GSA President, she launched a national network and instituted new policies and programming to better serve the needs of the graduate student population. After graduation, she moved back to her hometown of New Orleans and landed a position as a Project Coordinator in the Office of Mayor Mitch Landrieu. In this capacity, Lauren manages a portfolio of eight initiatives designed to facilitate the advancement of the city's strategic framework and mayoral priorities.

  • Headshot of Tom Konen

    Tom Konen – Class of 2014:

    Enrolled full-time in the MPA program, Tom was a member of the Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society and was serving as the Director of Education upon graduation. From the Fall of 2013 until commencement, he was granted fellowship while working as a Graduate Research Assistant for West Chester University's Department of Economics and Finance. This role mainly focused on data mining and research pertaining to mutual funds, which later proved relevant to future job opportunities. In 2014, Tom interned at the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and was hired full-time before graduating. He now serves the House Republican Caucus as the Director of Legislation for State Representative Martina White of Northeast Philadelphia. Tom's primary focus is on public policy, legislative initiatives and community and economic development.

  • Headshot of Andrew Best

    Andrew R. Best Jr. is a 2011 Graduate of the Master of Public Administration Program

    currently working for The City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services, Homeless Services Unit in the role of Clinical Specialist (Program Analyst). In this role he provides administrative and clinical oversight to programs that provide services to those who are facing the challenges of chronic homelessness, substance abuse and behavioral health needs. An integral part of this role is monitoring and ensuring the continuity of care for all program participants. In addition to these duties he assists with the DBHIDS Philadelphia Safe Haven Transformation. This project includes analyzing the DHBIDS Practice Guidelines and the policies set forth by The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in order to ensure successful program outcomes.

  • Headshot of Nicole Whitaker

    Nicole Whitaker, MPA, graduated from West Chester University with a Master's of Public Administration

    with a concentration in Health Care Management. While at WCU, Nicole was a graduate research assistant for four semesters. After graduating, she accepted a staff position with The University of Pittsburgh in the Center for Public Health Practice as a project coordinator with WalkWorks. WalkWorks is a program sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Health to increase physical activity in rural areas through the creation of community-based walking groups. The project works to influence policy areas that directly affect the health of communities including transportation, public health, education and municipal planning. Nicole hopes to pursue her PhD in public administration and continue her research in health literacy.

  • Headshot of Charity Alinda

    Charity Alinda, MPA-2015:

    A Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society member, Charity completed his BA in Public Administration at Uganda Christian University prior to his time at West Chester University (WCU). He began his work in the United States through an international Fellowship with UrbanPromise, an international organization dedicated to serving children and teens in under-resourced communities. After completing a Master of Public Administration at West Chester University in May 2015, Charity joined the Center for International Programs at WCU as an intern before becoming a full-time staff member. In his role, Charity works closely with international students and supports programs that enhance the comprehensive internationalization of the University. He is also a part of the ONE Campaign—an international campaigning and advocacy organization working to end extreme global poverty by year 2030. Charity was part of the ONE Campaign volunteer team that visited Capitol Hill to lobby for the passage of Electrify Africa Act--a law that will help bring electricity to over 50 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa for the first time. The legislation passed the House and was subsequently signed into law by President Obama in February 2016. Charity is currently a WCU employee and student of the DPA program.

  • Headshot of Nana Owusu

    Nana Owusu - MPA Student has received a prestigious internship with the U.S. Department of Transportation. The Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups (STIPDG) is an intensive and highly selective program, and Nana has been awarded a position with the Marine Transportation System in Washington, DC. The department is an Interagency Cabinet Committee chaired by the Secretary of Transportation and housed in the Maritime Administration DOT headquarters. Congratulations Nana!

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