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The Graduate School

Public Administration

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The Graduate School

McKelvie Hall
102 West Rosedale Avenue
West Chester, PA 19383

Fax: 610-436-2763

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00am-4:30pm

The Graduate School Information:

Graduate Admissions Information:

Additional Contact Information

Public Administration


  • Doctor of Public Administration
  • Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) with concentrations in:
    • General Public Administration
    • Nonprofit Administration
    • Public Management
  • Certificate Programs
    • General Public Administration
    • Nonprofit Administration
  • Students can combine the MPA with graduate certificates in
    • Urban and Regional Planning
    • Human Resource Management
    • Sport Management and Athletics
    • Health Care Management
    • Industrial Psychology
    • Emergency Preparedness
    • Gerontology
    • and more!

Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program.


The master's level program and certificates for Public Policy and Administration operates on the basis of a rolling admissions policy. Therefore, applications are accepted and reviewed at any time of the year until the program is full.

The doctoral program, Doctor of Public Administration, has a priority deadline of May 31. We encourage you to submit your completed application by said date. After the priority application date, applications will be reviewed on a rolling admissions basis. Admission to the DPA Program is based on an assessment of an applicant's ability, aptitude and potential.

DPA Program

  • Official application forms (the Graduate School Application)
  • Master's degree, from a regionally accredited college or university. Students whose master's degrees are not in public administration, public affairs, policy analysis, political science, public health or nonprofit management or a related field, and or do not have relevant work experience may be required to complete additional coursework in public administration.
  • GRE Requirement: Needed for all individuals with a master’s GPA of lower than 3.85.
  • Three letters of recommendation (2 letters of recommendation from faculty in the student’s masters program and 1 letter from an employer)
  • Supplemental Application Questions
  • Sample of professional writing
  • Resume or vita

MPA Program

  • To be considered for admission, an applicant must submit the following:
    • Official application forms (the Graduate School Application).
    • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale). Please note, students with under a 3.0 may still be considered for provisional admission. Please submit sealed undergraduate transcripts from all institutions attended.
    • An essay outlining career goals.
    • A professional resume.
    • Two letters of reference attesting to the applicant's potential as a manager; at least one, and preferably all, must be from former or present supervisors.
  • After all application materials have been received, an on-campus interview will be scheduled with the MPA Director.

Other Important Information

  • The Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program is a unique alternative to other graduate school options. The core focus of our program is about developing your public service skills. Our dynamic, practical program enhances your general management and administrative qualifications while you also develop specific expertise in one of our three concentration areas: general public administration, human resource management, and nonprofit management. At the same time, many of our students have earned graduate certificates in urban and regional planning, sport management and athletics, and health care management.

    Oriented toward emerging public service leaders and midcareer professionals, our program setting, structure and culture serve individuals who seek to learn alongside working professionals. Indeed, an important strength of our program is the caliber and diversity of our student body and, as a result, the quality of peer learning from which you will benefit as a student in our program.

  • Students who lack work experience will incorporate a relevant internship or other job experiences into their programs.

Contact for More Information

Dr. Kristen Crossney

DPA coordinator, 610-436-2438

MPA Department


Public Policy and Administration Website
Public Policy and Administration Catalog

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