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Master of Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree prepares individuals for a career in public service. WVU’s Department of Public Administration offers the only internationally accredited MPA program in West Virginia. 

MPA Program

Master of Legal Studies

The Master of Legal Studies program is a 36-hour online academic program based in the Department of Public Administration. The Department is part of the larger Eberly College of Arts & Sciences.

MLS Program

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Community Revitalization

Through outreach, service learning, and applied research, the faculty and students of the MPA program work with communities in a variety of revitalization efforts. This section provides some highlights of these activities.

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Healthcare Reform

WVU Public Administration professor uncovers roots of resistance to Affordable Care Act Dr. Christopher Plein notes that “The Affordable Care Act is one of the most significant pieces of public policy that has been enacted in the United States in the past 50 years. 

Dual Degrees

The WVU Public Administration Department offers dual degrees in partnership with several other programs. Adding a master's degree in Public Administration to an existing program helps you learn the critical skills to enhance the impact you'll have on the world. The programs are designed by both schools, so they are cohesive and the coursework is complementary. And, you'll earn both degrees in less time than it would take to earn them separately.


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