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Master of Public Administration

Message from the Director

Are you passionate about making your world a better place? 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 at the College of Charleston 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

Dr. Judy L. Millesen, Professor and Director, MPA Program

MPA Program Blog

Student Spotlight: The Gap Between Research & Administration
Posted on 9 February 2018 | 11:46 am
Last semester, eight MPA students completed a Capstone Seminar. The Capstone requirement provides an opportunity for students to apply skills developed throughout the program to a research project of interest. Our Student Spotlight features a retrospective look at Concurrent MPA/MES student Lucy Davis’ journey through the MPA program and her interesting research on bottlenose dolphins. […]
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Student Spotlight: Intercultural Dialogue
Posted on 26 January 2018 | 1:03 pm
In December, the Graduate School Blog featured Emma Cregg, Master of Public Administration and Versailles Fellowship student, and her experience as an educator and researcher in Paris, France. Recently, Emma has accepted a position at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization as the Intercultural Dialogue Section Intern. We have caught up with Emma […]
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