Master of Public Administration

The M.P.A. program at the College of Charleston is ranked among the top 30 percent worldwide.

The College of Charleston's Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) provides you with the skills and knowledge you need to excel in public service. public management and public policy careers.

Let us help prepare you for leadership roles in government agencies, non-profits, environmental policy, arts organizations and make a difference on a global scale.

Why should you apply to this program?

Our program is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) and is recognized by U.S. News and World Report (2024) as among the Best Public Affairs Programs.

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.

To learn more or schedule a conversation with the Program Director, contact the M.P.A. office.

Email Program Director Matt Nowlin

Select Your M.P.A. Experience

At the College of Charleston, you can tailor your degree to maximize your M.P.A. experience. In addition to the Public Administration program, we offer a concurrent program in Environmental and Sustainability Studies, and two graduate certificate options.

The M.P.A. program has equipped me with the knowledge and expertise needed to create the pathway to multiple positions that are available in government.

Danny Kay Johnson Jr. ‘21- Sponsorship Coordinator, Mount Pleasant Recreation Department