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Public Administration

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administrative contact

Debbie Koon-Friel
phone: 304-293-7979
fax: 304-293-8814

program contact

Maja Holmes
Associate Professor
Department of Public Administration
phone: 304-293-7971
fax: 304-293-8814

Program Details

Program Description

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree prepares individuals for a career in public service. MPA alumni work in government and nonprofit agencies to develop and implement public policies and programs. WVU offers the only internationally and nationally accredited MPA program in West Virginia. The MPA program offers specializations and dual degree options in:

Area of Emphasis:
Healthcare Administration
Local Governance and Community Development

Dual Degree programs:
MPA/Master of Social Work (MSW)
MPA/Juris Doctorate (JD)

Delivery Methods Available

  • on campus

Graduate Program Application Requirements

Applicants must arrange for official copies of transcripts and test scores to be sent directly to the WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment at PO Box 6510, Morgantown, WV 26506-6510. If being sent by delivery service (Federal Express, UPS, etc) requiring a street address, please use WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment, 1500 One Waterfront Place, Morgantown, WV 26501. The program requirements listed below (if any) are in addition to the main WVU Graduate Application.

  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Recommendations: 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Test Requirements: GRE, GMAT or LSAT

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Please see Office of Admissions - English Language Proficiency for more information.

Apply Now

Prospective students should apply online at:

Application Priority Dates and Deadlines

  • Fall Deadline: April 1
  • Spring Deadline: October 15
  • Summer Deadline: April 1


WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The Master of Public Administration program at West Virginia University is fully accredited by the Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. (