Located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley just two hours south of Washington, DC, James Madison University is a beautiful campus with much to offer to its students. One of the standout offerings at JMU is the Master of Public Administration program. Obtaining an MPA is a great way to achieve career goals in the public and nonprofit sectors.

Apply to the JMU MPA programThe Master of Public Administration degree is the recognized professional degree for careers in public service. JMU's MPA program enhances the administrative knowledge and skills of professionals already employed in government, nonprofit organizations and firms that deal extensively with government. The internship component also prepares "pre-service" students who seek to enter the public sector.

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The JMU MPA Program is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs & Administration (NASPAA).

More about the MPA program


MPA Brownbag Luncheon Series: Capping Off Your JMU Experience

Tuesday, January 28 - 11:30am - Miller 2125, Conference Room Come on out for an interactive discussion with professors Nicholas Swartz, Fred Mayhew and Jennifer Taylor as they discuss the intentions behind the portfolio system. Learn how to gradually build your portfolio into a tool for professional development and future success! Don’t forget to bring your lunch!

JMU Spring 2014 Career & Internship Fair

Tuesday, February 18 & Wednesday, February 19 - 11:00am-3:00pm - Festival Ballroom This career fair will host a diverse group of employers over a span of two days, who are recruiting for full-time and internship opportunities for a variety of majors. While you're at the fair, stop by our LinkedIn Photo Booth on either day, to have a free professional photo taken to upload to your LinkedIn account!

Welcome New MPA Students!

Give a warm welcome to the following individuals new to the MPA program: Jonathan Dean, Cindy Noftsinger, Amanda Reedy, Matthew Williams, and Elizabeth Wilson.

MPA Program Internship Information Session

Date and Time TBD For students who need to complete PUAD 696 (Internship) this upcoming summer, an information session will be held in the near future outlining internship procedures.

ESRI Federal GIS Conference

February - Washington, D.C. For more information regarding this two-day training and professional development event, please visit the ESRI website.


Photo: MPA Roanoke Program Photo: Courtney Robinson ('09, '10M) Photo: Ben Delp

Program in Roanoke

Now accepting applications for Roanoke MPA program. The new cohort of students will begin Summer, 2013.    

Engaging in Community Classrooms

MPA students mix hands-on learning and service

Why get an MPA at JMU?

Class sizes, diverse faculty and a variety of opportunities appeal to students

For those prospective students near the Roanoke, Va. region, JMU offers its Master of Public Administration at the Roanoke Higher Education Center. The program content is the same as what is offered on the Harrisonburg campus — only closer to your home! ... Learn about the Roanoke program As part of an MPA independent study, Courtney Robinson ('09, '10M) volunteers at Mercy House to provide services to disadvantaged families. She is learning about the inner functions of the non-profit, working directly with clients, and has coordinated a fundraiser for the organization...Read more

In a video created by recent grad Chad McCoull ('09), four MPA students — an assistant city manager, marketing professional, non-profit program manager and public policy director — share their diverse reasons for choosing the MPA program at JMU... View video