About the MPA Program

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.

The 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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MPA Mission Statement

Through engaged teaching, research, and service, the MPA program equips current and future public service professionals with the capacity to address complex local and global problems.


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