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MPA Program Achieves Full Accreditation!

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). Accreditation. 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

  • One of our recent MPA Alumna, Kristen Young, wrote an excellent blog peice 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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  • Our 2014 Pi Alpha Alpha Induction Ceremony took place on May 8. Pi Alpha Alpha is the National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration. This year, 9 of our students were inducted. We are so proud of them and their outstanding achievements! Pi Alpha Alpha 2014 Inductees (left to right): Brad Terrell, Sabrina Madore, Rebecca Varner, Madison Kingery, Lina Wayman, Angela Chvarak, Ben Perrone. Not pictured: Chris Gerwig and Ali Littke-Smith

    Pi Alpha Alpha

  • The Spring 2014 issue of the Lowcountry Public Leader is now available. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this issue.

  • Thank you to everyone who attended the MPA Public Service Resume Workshop and made the event a huge success. A panel of local professionals from the public and nonprofit sectors, including Meghan Kelly (Town of Mt. Pleasant), Dan Burger (DHEC), Sabrina Madore (U.S. Customs and Border Protection), and Sabra Jewell (Trident United Way), provided advice on resumes, cover letters, and interviewing. We had a great turnout and great discussion. MPASA Treasurer Lauren Ruvalcaba recorded the workshop. The audio files are posted below.

    Part 1
    Part 2
    Part 3
    Part 4



  • Ryan Miller, CofC MPA Class of 2012, received the Charleston Police Department Probationary Police Officer of the Year award by Mayor Joseph P. Riley and Chief of Police, Gregory G. Mullen on February 7th, 2014. (follow link for more info). All of us here at the MPA program want to congratulate Ryan on this accomplishment!

    Ryan Miller Wins Award

  • Chris Bailey, a student in our Dual MES/MPA Program, is in the news for his outstanding win at the Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon!

    "On Sunday, local graduate student Chris Bailey not only won his first competitive marathon race, he smashed the elite mark of 2:30 and set a course record."

    Congratulations, Chris! Read more here: Local runner Chris Bailey posts 2:28 in first marathon.

  • Mt. Pleasant Director of Planning and Development and MPA alum, Christiane Farrell (Class of 1999), was highlighted in the Moultrie News.

  • On Saturday, February 8, MPA students volunteered with MES students for their 8K Run benefiting Water Missions International. Thank you to everyone who came out and made the event a huge success! Pictured below are MPA students Aaron Holly, Sean Bath, Bekah Cantwell, Mel Campos, Alex Braud, and Megan Shiverdecker. MPA/MES student Chris Bailey won the race. And a special thank you to volunteer coordinator Bekah Cantwell for organizing MPASA's involvement in this event.

    8K Run

  • The Department of Education's Public Service Loan Forgiveness program is available for public servants who have made 120 qualifying payments (ten years) on their student loans. The loans must be issued after October 1, 2007. For more information, please see their website.

  • Please welcome our new students for Spring 2014: Joshua Bloodworth, Chelsea Connor, Desiree Fragoso, Kimberly Gailliard, Jason Lind, Annie O'Brien, Emily Pasko, Sarah Piwinski, Nicholas Rubien, Eric Tuttle, Luke Varn, and Amanda Venable.

    Pictured below: Chelsea Connor, Amanda Venable, Desiree Fragoso, Kimberly Gailliard, Eric Tuttle, and Sarah Piwinski.

    New Students