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Online Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Limited Time! Application fee waivers are being provided to SPIA  graduate applicants. Use SPIA_2022 as the code for the Financial Assistance form when applying.

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Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis, but apply early for priority consideration. We highly value offering a tailored educational experience. Our CPAP advisors will be able to answer any questions you may have about the degree and whether it meets your professional and academic needs. They can also guide you through the application process

Our online MPA allows you to earn a Master of Public Administration from anywhere in the world. Many of our students take some classes at either our Arlington, Blacksburg, or Richmond locations, and take other classes online. Starting in Fall 2022, students will be able to complete the entire degree online if they wish to do so.

Program requirements:

The online MPA is identical in course content, program requirements, and workload to the in-person degree program (described here). The same faculty teach in person and online, and you will have opportunities to interact with students on our in-person campuses, virtually. The MPA is available for full and part-time students.

Graduate Certificates

Through the online MPA you may also earn credits in the Public and Nonprofit Financial Management, Nonprofit NGO Management, or Homeland Security Policy certificates.

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    David Bredenkamp
    David Bredenkamp , bio

    Assistant Professor, Center for Public Administration & Policy (CPAP)

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    Stephanie Davis
    Stephanie Davis , bio

    Collegiate Assistant Professor, Center for Public Administration & Policy (CPAP)

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    Matthew Dull
    Matthew Dull , bio

    Associate Professor, Center for Public Administration & Policy (CPAP)

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    Adrienne Edisis
    Adrienne Edisis , bio

    Assistant Professor, Center for Public Administration & Policy (CPAP)

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    Jeffrey Glick
    Jeffery Glick , bio

    Professor of Practice, School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA)

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    Thomas Hickok
    Thomas Hickok , bio

    Professor of Practice, Center for Public Administration and Policy (CPAP)

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    Karen Hult
    Karen Hult , bio

    Professor, Center for Public Administration & Policy (CPAP)

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    Laura Jensen
    Laura Jensen , bio

    Associate Professor, Center for Public Administration & Policy (CPAP)

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    Sara Jordan
    Sara Jordan , bio

    Affiliated Faculty, Center for Public Administration & Policy (CPAP)

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    Leisha LaRiviere
    Leisha LaRiviere , bio

    Associate Director in Richmond, School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) Adjunct Professor, Center for Public Administration & Policy (CPAP) Director, The Virginia Management Fellows Program, Office of the Governor

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    Eric Malczewski
    Eric Malczewski , bio

    Assistant Professor, Center for Public Administration & Policy (CPAP)

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    Dennis McBride
    Dennis McBride , bio

    Professor of Practice, School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) Research Professor, Hume Center for National Security and Technology

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    Joe Rees
    Joe Rees , bio

    Executive Committee Chair, Associate Professor, and Program Coordinator, Center for Public Administration & Policy (CPAP)

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    Patrick Roberts
    Patrick Roberts , bio

    Associate Professor, Center for Public Administration & Policy (CPAP)

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    Cecily Rodriguez
    Cecily Rodriguez , bio

    Manager of Applied Research, School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) Adjunct Professor, Center for Public Administration & Policy (CPAP)

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    Stephanie Smith
    Stephanie Smith , bio

    Ph.D. Program Chair and Associate Professor, Center for Public Administration & Policy (CPAP)

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    Raymond Zuniga
    Raymond Zuinga , bio

    Assistant Professor, Center for Public Administration & Policy (CPAP)