Degree Offered: Master of Public Affairs (M.P.A.)
Departmental Website: Public Affairs - M.P.A.
Program Description: The Master of Public Affairs degree program is designed for students who possess professional experience and seek additional education to prepare for career advancement (in-service students) and also for students planning careers in the public service area (pre-service students). The program requires each student to to complete the Public Affairs core requirements (24 hours) and 15 hours of guided electives. At least 3 electives must be taken from MPA program offerings (Designated PA in the catalog). Each semester the MPA Director will create a list of pre-approved courses outside of the department from which students may choose. Any non-approved elective courses (at WCU or another university) must be approved by the MPA committee. Students must fill out an "elective request form" (found on the MPA webpage or may request it from the MPA Director). Pre-service students must complete 3 hours of internship (PA 685) in place of three of the 15 elective hours.
Program Brochure: Public Affairs
Location of Course Offerings: Biltmore Park
Application Deadline: None
Number of Graduate Faculty: 6
Number of Students: 55
Graduate Program Director:
Dr. Jay Gerlach
Stillwell Building 357