Graduate Catalog
2023-2024
 
Policies, Procedures, Academic Programs
Public Administration and Public Affairs
College of Liberal Arts & Human Sciences
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:
Virtual
National Capital Region
Richmond
Blacksburg
Email Contact(s):
Phone Number(s):
540/231-5133
571/858-3102
Application Deadlines:
Fall: Aug 01
Spring: Nov 01
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Department Chair : Sharon Mastracci
Graduate Program Director(s) : Joseph Rees (Richmond - MPA Advisor), Patrick Roberts (MPA Program Chair, Arlington MPA Advisor, & Virtual Campus MPA Advisor), Karen Hult (PhD Program Director ), Sharon Mastracci (Blacksburg - MPA Advsior)
Emeriti Faculty: Brian Cook (Arlington); Larkin Dudley; Charles Goodsell; Gary Wamsley
Professors: Karen Hult; Sharon Mastracci; Patrick Roberts (Arlington)
Associate Professors: Matthew Dull (Arlington); Laura Jensen; Joseph Rees (Richmond); Stephanie Smith (Arlington)
Assistant Professors: David Bredenkamp (Richmond); Adrienne Edisis (Arlington); Eric Malczewski; Raymond Zuniga
Collegiate Associate Professor: Stephanie Davis
Senior Instructors: 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, Arlington, Richmond, and virtually.  The Ph.D. is offered in Blacksburg and Arlington.  CPAP is also 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

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. 


Test scores (GRE or GMAT) are optional.


Offered In (Virtual, 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.

Test scores (GRE or GMAT) are optional.

VT undergraduates majoring in Smart and Sustainable Cities (SSC) or Environmental Policy and Planning (EPP), with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 and at least 90 credit hours of the undergraduate degree completed, may also apply for the Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate degree program.

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), Richmond, VA, the state capital (MPA only), and virtually (MPA only).

Arlington - Virginia Tech Research Center

The CPAP Program in Arlington is housed in the Virginia Tech Research Center — Arlington.   Located at 900 N. Glebe Road, The Virginia Tech Research Center — Arlington is a highly visible state-of-the-art facility designed to further the university’s mission to expand its research portfolio in the greater Washington, D.C., metro area. The region offers great opportunities for partnerships with corporate research entities and close proximity to government agencies and other public and private-sector organizations. The building is located in the vibrant Ballston district of Arlington, a short distance from many of the leading science and research agencies of the federal government and many high-technology companies. 


Blacksburg - 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 Ph.D. students.


Richmond

SPIA’s Richmond Campus allows you to achieve a graduate certificate on-line, apply for a full-time fellowship with the Commonwealth of Virginia, or bring leadership courses and programs into your government agency office or nonprofit. Our faculty are scholars and practitioners experienced in optimizing individual and organizational performance.  

The Richmond Campus is the hub for SPIA's sponsored research programs for nonprofit and public organizations. More than 40 faculty and affiliated faculty participate in the research, design, and implementation of sponsored programs with organizations ranging from the Governor’s Office of the Commonwealth of Virginia to an international nonprofit situated in Egypt. While the campus is based in Richmond, we go where the research, learning, and educational needs are: we are embedded scholars.

https://spia.vt.edu/visit/richmond.html



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