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Master of Public Administration

Master of Public Administration

Message from the Director

Jo Ann Ewalt

Are you passionate about making your world a better place? Are you passionate about public service? Whether you see yourself working for a local nonprofit or a global NGO, a local government, planning agency, or a state or federal agency, a community arts organization or a global arts initiative, an environmental policy group or a state or national environmental agency, the MPA Program at the University of Charleston, SC at the College of Charleston invites you to explore our globally-accredited program.

We offer a rigorous curriculum that bridges theory and practice, bringing our students the knowledge, skills and abilities they need to navigate the challenging world of public management, public policy, and public service. We also offer one of the very few dual MPA-Master of Environmental Sciences programs in the United States.

Our accredited status demonstrates our commitment to the highest quality education in public administration. It also means that we consistently identify and track our students’ performance, learning outcomes, and ultimately, their career successes. Check this website for information about internships and careers of our students and alumni.

Our faculty and staff are nationally-recognized scholars and practitioners who combine deep knowledge of the theories and critical concepts of public management with practical, hands-on experience in the public and nonprofit sectors. If you’d like to learn more or schedule a conversation with the director or current students, contact the MPA office at 843-953-6690 or email our Program Coordinator, Kate DeWitt, at

Dr. Jo Ann Ewalt, Professor and Director, MPA Program