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Master of Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree is a 39-credit hour academic program that prepares students for a career in public service.  It is the only internationally accredited MPA program offered in West Virginia.

Master of Legal Studies

The Master of Legal Studies (MLS) program is a 30-credit hour online academic program that prepares students for a career that interacts with the law and the legal system.


The Department offers graduate certificate programs in Community Development Policy Practice and Healthcare Administration.

Graduate Certificates

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.

In 2019, the WVU Master of Public Administration program is turning 50. We're proud of the over 1,600 alumni who have made public service their calling. This year, we will celebrate the 50th anniversary with a series of events.

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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.

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. 


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