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MPA Mission Statement

The mission of the West Virginia University Master of Public Administration program is to prepare public service professionals to help fulfill the aspirations of the citizens, communities, and governments of West Virginia and the region. The West Virginia University Department of Public Administration will accomplish this by:

  1. Preparing professional public service administrators to identify challenges and opportunities and to facilitate positive change through campus and community-based learning opportunities;
  2. Serving the communities of West Virginia and the profession of public administration through engagement and application of expertise and intellectual resources; and
  3. Advancing the state of knowledge in the field of public administration through scholarly productivity, publication activity, and applied research.

MPA Program Assessment Committee

The MPA program welcomed its first graduates in 1970. West Virginia University was among the inaugural institutions to achieve national accreditation of MPA degree in 1980 and has maintained its accredited status since then. Engagement and input from MPA internship supervisors, alumni, students and employers of MPA graduates is critical we continue to meet the mission of the MPA program.

The role of the MPA Program Assessment Committee is to provide feedback on the MPA mission, curriculum, student learning outcomes, and recommendations for the future of the MPA program.

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