Public Administration

Master of Public Administration

(33 Credit Hours)

Master of Public Administration

Explore the theories and practices of public service in a city known for its rich arts scene and strong nonprofit and government sectors. Acquire the knowledge and skills you’ll need to effectively lead and manage organizational resources, and operate in the political settings in which policy is developed. Local experts supplement classwork with their own valuable, hands-on perspectives. Our core curriculum focuses on the major components of modern public service leadership and management. The elective curriculum offers four areas of specialized study: arts management, environmental policy and administration, municipal government and urban planning, and nonprofit administration. The MPA is offered in two convenient formats, a traditional and executive MPA, both of which allow full-time students to complete the degree within two years.

Admissions Criteria

  • official transcripts from all academic institutions; undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • official GRE scores (cumulative 295, analytical writing 4.0); TOEFL scores if your primary language is not English
  • GRE score is preferred if the student doesn't meet conditions:
    • a cumulative GPA of 3.000, or, junior/senior GPA (final 60 credit hours toward completion of an undergraduate degree) of 3.200 or higher (on a 4.000 scale)
    • a completed Master's or PhD degree from a regionally accredited academic institution in any academic area
    • admission to any Master's degree program at the College of Charleston
    • siginificant work experience in the public or nonprofit sector (e.g., at least three years of cumulative experience)
  • current résumé
  • a letter of intent; three letters of recommendation
  • training in basic statistics
  • applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a writing sample, such as undergraduate theses or term papers, samples of work projects, etc.


For the most up-to-date information, visit Treasurer's Office Tuition and Fees.

Application Deadlines

Priority: January 15
Final: July 1

Priority: January 15
Final: April 1

Priority: November 1
Final: December 1

Contact Information

Judith Millesen
program director

Additional Information