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Master of Public Administration


Are you ready to build a better community? Are you passionate about public service?

Whether you see yourself working for a local government, regional planning agency, a state or federal agency, a local nonprofit, an environmental policy group, a community arts organization, or making a difference on an international or global scale, the MPA Program at the University of Charleston, SC invites you to explore our globally-accredited program.

We offer a rigorous curriculum that bridges theory and practice, offering our students the opportunity to build the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to navigate the challenging world of public management, public policy, and public service. We also offer one of the very few concurrent 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 student performance, learning outcomes, and ultimately, their career successes. Check this website for information about internships and careers of 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, nonprofit, and environmental management with practical, hands-on experience. If you’d like to learn more or schedule a conversation with the Program Director or current students, contact the MPA office at 843-953-6690 or email the Program Director at

The MPA Experience

MPA Program Blog

New Hire Announcement: Marla Robertson
Posted on 15 August 2019 | 12:51 pm
This week brings exciting news for the MPA Program at the College of Charleston! Marla Robertson has joined our staff as the MPA Program Coordinator and Community Assistance Program (CAP) Director. She is a fantastic asset to the department; Marla will support the administration of the program and lead the CAP team in career development […]
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2019 Master of Public Administration Graduates
Posted on 13 May 2019 | 11:41 am
Macy Adams “I was raised in the Carolinas, graduated from of USC, and am now a proud Cougar alum!  I’ve been lucky in my professional career to wear many hats, as a baker, a jeweler, a research specialist and a tour guide. My favorite hat so far has been that of Community Assistance Program. Over […]
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