Public Administration

Master of Public Administration

(36 Credit Hours)

Master of Public Administration

Explore the theories and practices of public service in a city known for its rich arts scene and strong nonprofit and government sectors. Acquire the knowledge and skills you’ll need to effectively lead and manage organizational resources, and operate in the political settings in which policy is developed. Local experts supplement classwork with their own valuable, hands-on perspectives. Our core curriculum focuses on the major components of modern public service leadership and management. The elective curriculum offers four areas of specialized study: arts management, environmental policy and administration, municipal government and urban planning, and nonprofit administration. Full-time students to complete the degree within two years.

Admissions Criteria

  • official transcripts from all academic institutions; undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • current resume 
  • two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with your capacity for achievement and motivation to successfully complete a graduate degree - ideally, at least one of these references would come from a collegiate-level instructor, yet we recognize this may be a challenge for applicants who are not recent college graduates.
  • applicants, particularly those who do not meet one or more of the conditions for admission, are strongly encouraged to submit a writing sample, such as undergraduate theses or term papers, samples of work projects, etc.
Note: The admissions committee will carefully considers the applicant’s undergraduate GPA and letter of intent, as well as letters of recommendation and significant life experiences, particularly in public or nonprofit administration. Students with an undergraduate GPA below the 3.000 threshold who demonstrate the likelihood of success in graduate school through adequate academic performance, previous professional and/or volunteer experience and supportive reference letters may be considered for conditional admission status.

It is also important to note that the GRE is required in order to be considered for a College of Charleston graduate fellowship.



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Application Deadlines

Priority: January 15
Final: July 1

Priority: November 1
Final: December 1

Contact Information

Matt Nowlin
interim program director

Additional Information