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Master of Public Administration Degree Requirements

The MPA degree requires a combination of core and elective classes intended to provide the student with a good founding in public administration theory as well as allow for more specialized knowledge in one of the four cognate areas. An internship is also required to reinforce these concepts in a 'real world' setting.

The MPA dregree requires a total of 39 semester hours, including the following:

  • 21 hours of core courses.
  • 15 hours of electives (18 if the internship requirement is waived for previous experience).
  • A three-credit internship. Internships are graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0.

Please see the MPA Program's Catalog for more information about degree requirements.

Certificate Policy

The College of Charleston's Master of Public Administration Program offers graduate certificates in Arts Management and Urban and Regional Planning. Up to 12 hours taken in the certificate programs may be transferred into the MPA program with the approval of the Program Director. Students in the certificate program must still apply and be accepted into the MPA program before credit hours can be transferred.

Students interested in earning both an MPA degree and a certificate are eligible to do so, but must complete a separate application for each program. Students earning the MPA degree and a certificate are expected to complete an internship relevant to the certificate's area of study.

Applications for each certificate program are reviewed by both the certificate's Program Director and the MPA Program Director.