Graduate Catalog
2019-2020
 
Policies, Procedures, Academic Programs
Public Administration and Public Affairs
College of Architecture & Urban Studies
With 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students, a top 50 research library, a number of athletic activities, and a wide array of social organizations the Blacksburg experience offers the traditional atmosphere of a division 1 university. The vast resources of the university and the community of learners at Thomas Conner offers the Blacksburg student the best of all worlds.
104 Draper Road, SW Mail Code: 0520 Blacksburg VA 24061
Thomas Connor House
Degree(s) Offered:
• PhD
PhD Degree in Public Administration and Public Affairs
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Offered In:
National Capital Region
Blacksburg
• MPA
MPA Degree in Public Administration and Public Affairs
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Offered In:
National Capital Region
Richmond
Blacksburg
Phone Number(s):
540/231-5133
703/706-8111
Application Deadlines:
Fall: May 01
Spring: Nov 01
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Department Chair : Stephanie Davis
Department Chair : Sara Jordan
Graduate Program Director(s) : Stephanie Davis (Graduate Program Director - Blacksburg), Sara Jordan (Graduate Program Director - NCR)
Emeriti Faculty: Larkin Dudley; Charles Goodsell; Philip Kronenberg (National Capital Region); Gary Wamsley
Professors: Karen Hult
Associate Professors: Matthew Dull (National Capital Region); Laura Jensen; Robin Lemaire; Joseph Rees (Richmond); Patrick Roberts (National Capital Region); Stephanie Smith (National Capital Region)
Assistant Professors: David Bredenkamp (Blacksbrug); Adrienne Edisis (National Capital Region); Sara Jordan; Eric Malczewski; Raymond Zuniga
Assistant Professor of Practice: Stephanie Davis

Public Administration and Public Affairs Introduction

The mission of the Virginia Tech Center for Public Administration and Policy (CPAP) is to promote good governance and the advancement of capable and ethical public service by providing outstanding education, research and outreach in the theory and practice of public administration, management, and policy.


CPAP seeks:


To provide qualified public service professionals currently in service and pre- or early-career students who plan to become public service professionals with a rigorous program of study for developing managerial, analytical and normative evaluation skills in public management and public policy.


To prepare teachers and scholars for faculty service in colleges and universities around the country and the world, thereby broadening the scope of knowledge in public administration and policy studies among administrators and citizenry.


To engage faculty, practitioners, and graduate students in systematic research and study designed to improve the quality of policy making and public service within the varied jurisdictions of government in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the national capital region, as well as nationally and internationally.


CPAP offers two degrees: the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and the PhD. in public administration and public affairs. The MPA is offered in Blacksburg, the National Capital Region (NCR), and Richmond.  The Ph.D. is offered in Blacksburg and NCR.  CPAP also is the home for two graduate certificates, in Homeland Security Policy and in Local Government Management.

 

Offered In (National Capital Region, Blacksburg)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
  • TOEFL
    • Paper
      • 550.0
    • Computer
      • 213.0
    • iBT
      • 80.0
  • GRE
  • GMAT

A minimum of 90 credit hours is needed for the Ph.D. in Public Administration and Public Affairs. A maximum of one half of the coursework required for the CPAP Ph.D., or 30 of 60 credit hours, may be transferred from an accredited university other than Virginia Tech upon approval by two core faculty evaluating the student's program of study. The 60 credit hours of required coursework encompasses foundation courses, advanced topics and capstone courses, measurement courses, and research concentration courses. Students must also take 30 hours of research and dissertation credit, three hours of which must be constituted by participation in 15 sessions of the Doctoral Mentoring Program (DMP) or other activities approved by the faculty for DMP credit.

Entering students must have completed courses in United States Government, Micro-economics, and Introductory Statistics with a grade of C+ or better. Students without all prerequisites completed must complete the missing prerequisites as soon as possible and before enrolling in PAPA 6224. We require all PhD applicants to submit scores from one of the following graduate admissions tests: GRE or GMAT.


Offered In (National Capital Region, Richmond, Blacksburg)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
  • TOEFL
    • Paper
      • 550.0
    • Computer
      • 213.0
    • iBT
      • 80.0
All M.P.A. students must complete nine required 3-credit courses, plus three elective courses of their choosing, plus a portfolio for a total of 39 credit hours.

Entering MPA students must have taken at least one undergraduate course on the institutions of U.S. government or have equivalent work experience or training. All students must also have taken an introductory statistics course or be taking one concurrently in order to enroll in PAPA 6514. To enroll in PAPA 6224, students must have completed statistics and PAPA 6514 or the equivalent.

Test scores (GRE or GMAT) for MPA applicants are optional.



Public Administration and Public Affairs Facilities Introduction

Beyond the main campus in Blacksburg, Virginia, CPAP offers students opportunities to earn the MPA and the PhD in the rich learning environments of Arlington, VA (adjacent to Washington, DC) and Richmond, VA, the state capital (MPA only).

Beyond the Blacksburg campus

In addition to offering the MPA and PhD programs in Blacksburg, CPAP offers students opportunities to earn graduate degrees in the rich learning environments of the National Capital Region (M.P.A. and PhD) and Richmond, VA (MPA). 

Thomas-Conner House

Situated just off the main Virginia Tech campus in downtown Blacksburg, VA, the historic, Thomas-Conner House is CPAP's headquarters and home to a thriving academic community for MPA and PhD students.
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