The Department of Public Administration in the College of Humanities and Sciences offers a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) designed to meet the graduate educational needs of pre-service and in-service professionals for careers in public management and analysis in the public and nonprofit sectors. The program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. The MPA program offers the student opportunities to develop knowledge and skills required for a progressively responsible administrative career and the flexibility to concentrate in one of several areas: state and local administration, nonprofit management, environmental policy, financial management, policy analysis, human resource management, and executive leadership. A tailored concentration may also be arranged in cooperation with other graduate programs at VCU, or a dual MPA/JD through our agreement with the T.C. Williams Law School of the University of Richmond. Classes are scheduled in the evening and weekends for the convenience of working professionals. Graduates of public administration programs hold a wide range of positions in governmental and nonprofit organizations. Examples include: city and town manager, human resource director, social services administrator, budget manager, facilities manager, legislative analyst, agency director, community relations specialist, nonprofit executive director, policy analyst, management consultant, college and university administrator, community development director, nonprofit program manager, and many more.
National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration; Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools