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Master of Public Administration


Graduation Rates

The Department of Public Administration reports that 27 MPA students started the program in Fall 2016. 96% of these students graduated.  85% graduated within 2 years, 96% graduated within 3 years, and 96% graduated within 4 years. Students graduating within 3-4 years include part-time students and students enrolled in dual degree programs.  


Career Pathways

Many MPA graduates find employment upon graduation in various fields.  The diversity of careers within Public Administration has changed over the years.  The data below shows the variety of employment fields for the 34 MPA students who graduated from WVU Public Administration in 2020-2021.

    • Federal government: 6%
    • State government: 44%    
    • City, county, or other local government: 6%
    • Nonprofit Domestic: 18%    
    • Nonprofit International: 0%
    • Private sector research consulting: 9%    
    • Private sector non research consulting: 9%
    • Seeking further education: 6%
    • Unemployed/Not seeking employment: 0%    
    • Status Unknown: 2%
      • This data is available in the 2021-2022 NASPAA annual report.

 MPA graduates serve in positions of responsibility in local, state and federal government and nonprofit sector in the U.S. and other countries.

Recent MPA graduates work in the following positions and organizations:


      • City and county management                    • Nonprofit management 
      • Community and economic development    • Policy and budget analysis 
      • Healthcare administration                          • Public sector consulting 
      • Grant administration                                   • University administration 
      • Legislative analysis 


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