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Master of Public Administration

Master of Public Administration
Master of Public Administration

Online and evening courses

Earn your M.P.A., graduate certificate in nonprofit management or public management, dual M.P.A./J.D. or accelerated B.A./M.P.A.

NASPAA accreditation logoThe M.P.A. program at the Wilder School equips students with skills in public management and policy analysis. Our graduates pursue careers at nonprofits and federal, state and local governments, as well as for-profit organizations that cooperate with the public sector.

With flexible evening and online courses, the majority of our students are full-time working professionals. However, we also welcome full-time pre-service professionals with a demonstrated interest in public service.

The 2022 U.S. News & World Report rankings confirm the Wilder School among the top 15% of schools of public affairs at No. 38. The Wilder School is also ranked No. 19 in Social Policy, No. 28 in Urban Policy, and No. 34 in Public Management and Leadership. 

Our graduates include Presidential Management Fellows. Find out more about our graduate fellowships and internship opportunities.

M.P.A. admission and degree requirements

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Wilder School Dean Leads NASPAA

Congratulations to VCU L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs Dean, Susan Gooden, who was elected Vice President of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) at its annual conference today. Dean Gooden will assume the NASPAA presidency in October 2021.
NASPAA has over 300 member schools around the world that award degrees in public administration, public policy, public affairs, non-profit management and related fields. The network is the recognized accreditor of master's degree programs in these fields. The Wilder School’s MPA program is accredited by NASPAA.

Certificate programs

Nonprofit management

Learn to lead, govern and manage nonprofit organizations collaboratively, thoughtfully and ethically. Earn this 15-credit certificate separately or simultaneously with the M.P.A.

Nonprofit management certificate requirements

Public management

Tailored for government and nonprofit professionals, this program allows you to gain skills in public administration without pursuing a full master’s degree. This 18-credit certificate includes coursework from the M.P.A. curriculum.

Public management certificate requirements

MSW and Certificate in Nonprofit Management

The VCU Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Nonprofit Management (CPG-NMC) is a collaborative effort between the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government & Public Affairs and the School of Social Work. 

The Certificate requires a total of 15 credit hours comprised of four required courses and one related elective. How to apply

CPG-NMC program requirements

Wilder School Request for Information

Want to learn more about the program and application process? Get in touch and request information with this form.

Dual-degree options

M.P.A./J.D.

Prepare to work in the field of policy and administrative law through this program, which allows you to earn a law degree from the University of Richmond and an M.P.A. from VCU. 

M.P.A./J.D. program requirements

B.A./M.P.A.

Earn your bachelor's in political science and your M.P.A. in a minimum of five years by taking certain master’s-level courses during the senior year of your undergraduate program. 

B.A./M.P.A. program requirements

Wilder School Request for Information

Want to learn more about the program and application process? Get in touch and request information with this form.

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“The Wilder School allowed me to work directly with several state agencies during my program. That played a significant role in my ability to secure a job immediately upon graduation.”

— Nick Galvin, M.P.A., 2015, assistant legislative analyst, Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission