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MPA Student Resources

The Department of Public Administration recommends several resources to successfully navigate the many opportunities supported by the MPA program and WVU.

Student Organizations

Student Association of Public Administrators

The Student Association of Public Administrators (SAPA) is a student organization which egages in academic, service, professional, recreational and social activities. All MPA students are eligible members of SAPA. Students elect officers and also select a representative who participates in faculty meetings.

Pi Alpha Alpha

Pi Alpha Alpha is the Global Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration. The purpose of Pi Alpha Alpha is to encourage and recognize outstanding scholarship and accomplishment in public affairs and administration. Eligible students who receive a letter of nomination may elect to join the honor society.

Student Association of Health Management

Student Association of Health Management is a multidisciplinary student group. Any graduate student in a management track for health care administration is welcome. This includes Public Health, Pharmacy Administration, Nursing Administration and of course Public Administration. Any focus or specialization is acceptable: Hospital Administration, Physician Practice Management, Long Term Care, and Pharmacy Management.

Financial Resources

Financial Aid

To support the investment of a graduate degree the WVU Office of Financial Aid offers information about specific student loan resources and University-wide financial aid. Please contact the Financial Aid office directly for more information.

Tuition Waivers

The Department of Public Administration provides a limited number of tuition waivers each semester. Tuition waivers are awarded based on academic merit and financial need. Students interested in applying for a tuition waiver should respond to the Department’s request for tuition waivers distributed via email ahead of each semester. Request for tuition waivers will be reviewed based on articulated financial need and a student’s academic record.

Graduate Assistantships

Several administrative and academic divisions of the University provide Graduate Assistantship opportunities. Generally, Graduate Assistants work 20 hours a week, receive a stipend, and are provided a tuition waiver. Graduate Assistants are responsible for additional academic fees. To learn about Graduate Assistant positions at WVU visit Twitter and/or Facebook.

Additional Resources

Mix Email System

Students in the MPA program are required to use the WVU MIX email system. MIX stand for Mountaineer Information Express, and is WVU’s web-based email system for students and faculty. Upon being admitted to graduate school, all students are provided with a MIX email address. Login instructions are available at the MIX Homepage.


Some courses in the MPA program use WVU’s eCampus system. Students login to this system by using their MyID and password. To login, visit the eCampus Homepage and click on “WVU Main Campus, Potomac State College, and WVU Tech.”

Computer Access

MPA students can access the computer room located in Room 104 at the Willey Street building. The lab supports Microsoft Office program and provides access to printers. Students must bring their own paper for printing.

Student Lounge and Mailboxes

Student mailboxes are located in Room 119. Please check the students mailboxes for important departmental communication. This area is also designated as the Student Lounge with refreshments to purchase.

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