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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

At the College of Charleston, students can tailor the degree to maximize their MPA experience. We offer both traditional and executive formats, a concurrent program in Environmental and Sustainability Studies, and two graduate certificate options. 

Traditional MPAExecutive MPAConcurrent MPA/MES
 Urban and Regional PlanningArts and Cultural Management

MPA Program Blog

SECoPA Recap
Posted on 25 September 2019 | 12:05 pm
Earlier his month members of our Master of Public Administration program attended and presented at the 2019 Southeastern Conference of Public Administration (SECoPA) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. SECoPA is an annual gathering of researchers, practitioners, and students who share innovative ideas, engage in scholarly discussion, and network with the public service community. Students Amanda Henderson […]
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Alumni Spotlight: John McKay
Posted on 17 September 2019 | 1:38 pm
The MPA Program would like to congratulate alumni John McKay on being named the new President and CEO of the Mississippi Manufacturer’s Association (MMA). While working for the MMA, John has helped to evaluate, prepare and support legislation that impacts taxes, workforce development, environmental regulations and transportation. Prior to joining the MMA, John was the ICMA […]
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