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

Program in Roanoke

JMU's MPA program in Roanoke offers the same high-level education   

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