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MPA Program Earns Reaccreditation!

Welcome to the MPA program at the College of Charleston.  For those seeking public service careers we offer an advanced professional education in a setting that emphasizes hands-on teaching and the values and culture of a selective, liberal arts institution. Areas of special emphasis include nonprofit administration, arts administration, urban policy and planning, and environmental policy.

As we prepare for the 2014-2015 academic year and the new and returning MPA students we will welcome to campus, I want to share some outstanding news about the program. We have received unqualified national reaccreditation by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). NASPAA is the only accrediting body for US programs in public administration, public policy, and public affairs, and has recently moved into international accreditation

Accreditation demonstrates our commitment to the highest quality education in public administration. It also means that we consistently identify and track the knowledge, skills, and abilities we expect our students to achieve.

If you are interested in learning more about the MPA program, please contact the MPA Office at (843) 953-6690. 

Dr. JoAnn Ewalt, MPA Program Director

MPA News and Events

  • Update for Dual Degree Students! Changes have been made for the 2014-2015 academic year regarding transfer credit for MPA-MES dual students. See the new language below:
    • “Transfer credits: students may seek approval from the admissions committee to transfer in 9 hours of courses equivalent to those offered by Environmental Studies, or 12 hours of courses equivalent to those offered by Public Administration, but in no case more than 12 hours total for their program of study in the Dual Degree Program. These courses require a grade of B or higher, or a grade of Satisfactory or Pass."
  • Charleston Promise Neighborhood is Hiring!
    • The progressive nonprofit is in search for a Director of Operations. This is a full-time position, and would be a great opportunity for any part-time MPA student or Alumni!
    • For a description of the position & information on how to apply contact the MPA Office today! Phone: 843-953-6690 or Email:
  • One of our recent MPA Alumna, Kristen Young, wrote an excellent blog piece about Professionalism & Graduate School titled "Growing Professionalism." Check out this excerpt: 

 "These days, being professional is about a lot more than a shiny resume and strong educational background. Luckily, the College of Charleston is here to help. We all know the Graduate School offers top-notch education in a variety of programs to offer students with a competitive edge in the workforce. Excitingly, it also offers resources and opportunities for personal and professional advancement that you should absolutely consider as an integral part of your graduate experience (and in your future career advancement). Here are some of my favorite resources and ideas on this topic that I learned through my experience in the grad school."

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  • Congratulations to Eric Davis, Class of 2008. Mr. Davis has just been hired as the Director of Parks and Recreation for Dorchester County. Read more here: New Dorchester parks director being given a blank canvas.

  • This year's MPA Welcome Party was last night. Thank you to everyone who came out and made the party a success! If you wanted to come, but couldn't, stay tuned for details on the first MPASA Happy Hour in September. For more photos, please visit our Facebook photo album: MPA Welcome Party. And if you haven't done so already, please like the MPA Program on Facebook

    MPA Welcome Party
    Pictured: Nancy Cooper and Caroline Herlong.

  • Orientation for new MPA students took place on Friday night at the Alumni Center of the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance  Program Director Dr. Ewalt and Program Coordinator Kathleen DeWitt told new students about the program, including new developments like the MPA Digital Lab, see below. Guest speakers included MPA alum Matt Lewellyn, Executive Director of the Charleston Ronald McDonald House Barbara Bond, and Director of Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach's Neighborhood House, Nikki Grimball. This year's speakers were great and students said that they really enjoyed them. 

    Nikki GrimballPictured: Guest Speaker Nikki Grimball.

  • This past weekend students from the MPA program volunteered for preparation work for the First Day Festival. The First Day Festival is a community-wide celebration of education that encourages parents to attend school with their children on the first day, urges businesses to support parents by giving them time off to get involved in their child’s education, and enhances public engagement in our schools. MPA students helped to fill bags with school supplies that were given away to Festival attendees.

    First Day Festival
    Pictured: Julianah Marie, Stacy DiPasquale, Caroline Herlong, and Nick Bowman.