What will I learn?

Program goals

The Master of Public Administration program’s mission supports a “generalist” conception of public administration. This seems quite appropriate as the students come from diverse academic and employment backgrounds and find jobs in a wide variety of government and nonprofit organizations.

The program’s mission includes the following goals:

  • Prepare professional public managers, public officials and citizens to meet the challenges of public service in both government and nonprofit sectors
  • Advance the state of knowledge in the field of public administration through scholarly research and publications
  • Serve the profession and local, state, federal and international communities by extending faculty expertise and intellectual resources

Student learning outcomes

  • Students will participate in and contribute to the policy process.
  • Students will lead and manage in public governance.
  • Students will analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems and make decisions.
  • Students will articulate and apply a public service perspective.
  • Students will communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry.

Which department am I in?

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

Study options

Full Time (36 hours)

Tuition fees
US$25,956.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

18 January 2022, 23 May 2022, 23 August 2022


L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

923 West Franklin Street,



23284, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The application for admission requires: A minimum 2.7 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate work.

For international students

In addition to the general admission requirements of the VCU Graduate School, selection is made on the basis of prior academic performance, professional accomplishments and other indicators of the ability to pursue graduate studies and a professional career in public management successfully. Specifically, the application for admission requires a transcript documenting the completion of a bachelor’s degree, three letters of reference (including both academic and professional references if possible), and a current resume. In addition, applicants must have taken an undergraduate math course (algebra, statistics or finite mathematics) and passed with a minimum grade of C.

No applicant will be considered for admission to the M.P.A. program within two years of having been terminated from the program or of having been rejected for admission to the program.

The university minimum TOEFL score requirement is 550 (paper-based) or 80 (Internet-based). The university minimum IELTS score requirement is 6.5. The PTE is also accepted with a minimum score of 65. Deadline: Fall - Apr 1; Spring: Oct 1; Summer: Feb 1.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Commonwealth University is a top 100 research university and number one public postgraduate arts school in the US.

  • VCU is one of the top 3 research universities in Virginia
  • 21% growth in sponsored awards in a 10-year period
  • 1,600 international students from 108 countries
  • 173-acre campus in downtown Richmond