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Master of Public Administration achieves global reaccreditation

The Master of Public Administration program in West Virginia University’s Eberly College of Arts and Sciences has been reaccredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration.

The NASPAA sets the global standard for public service education. By reaccrediting the MPA program, it recognizes MPA’s commitment to transparent, effective, inclusive and ethical public service through professional graduate degree programs. 

“Eberly College is delighted and very proud that our MPA program has been reaccredited," said Gregory Dunaway, dean of Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. "I am grateful for the leadership that Professor Maja Holmes provided in the process, along with all of our public administration faculty and students who have contributed to this program’s outstanding achievement.”

The Department of Public Administration at WVU offers the only internationally accredited MPA program in West Virginia and has been accredited since standards were first adopted in the late 1970s.

"This achievement acknowledges the Department of Public Administration’s faculty commitment to academic excellence through teaching, research and outreach to advance meaningful public service in the state of West Virginia and beyond,” said Maja Holmes, associate professor of public administration and former department chair.

The Department of Public Administration is part of Eberly College’s John D. Rockefeller IV School of Policy and Politics. Public Administration faculty work and collaborate with outside agencies to support public policies that improve the quality of life for citizens of West Virginians and beyond.

Since the MPA program's inception, more than 1,700 alumni have earned a Master of Public Administration from WVU. They contribute to leadership roles in government and nonprofit organizations, developing and implementing public policies and programs.