The Center for Public Administration and Policy promotes the common good of our constitutional republic and the advancement of public service by providing outstanding education, research, and outreach in the theory and practice of public administration, management, and policy.
CPAP offers both the MPA degree and the Ph.D. in Public Administration and Public Affairs. Our MPA program is accredited by NASPAA and is currently ranked 17th nationally among Public Management Administration programs by U.S. News and World Report.
CPAP is one program at three campuses: Alexandria (MPA, PhD), Blacksburg (MPA, PhD), and Richmond (MPA). The application requirements for our degree programs are the same for all three campuses.
CPAP also offers graduate certificates in Local Government Management, Public and Non-Profit Financial Management, and Homeland Security.
THOUGHTFUL PUBLIC SERVICE
For three decades, CPAP has served as a center of thoughtful inquiry on pressing issues of public sector governance. We are proud of CPAP’s legacy in the fields of public administration and public policy, a tradition of scholarship dedicated to, as we say, “making democracy work in a Constitutional republic.” Our students and faculty pursue diverse fields of inquiry, bringing to our programs wide ranging knowledge and experience. Our alumni include nationally recognized scholars and public servants working in local, state, and federal government agencies. Whether they go on to an academic or another professional career, CPAP’s MPA and PHD graduates do so with a special appreciation for the role of ideas and scholarship in the maintenance of robust democratic institutions.
SCHOLARSHIP AND COMMUNITY
CPAP is more than an academic department; we are a community dedicated to thoughtful public service through scholarship. CPAP is small when compared with other nationally-recognized schools of public affairs and public administration, permitting our students greater personal attention in academic advising and career guidance. Our size enables our faculty, staff, and students to develop strong personal ties, friendships and professional relationships that often last long beyond their time at CPAP. No event better illustrates CPAP’s commitment to both scholarship and community than our annual High Table celebration. High Table brings faculty, students, alumni, and invited guests together to consider important questions in public administration and public policy, and to respond to the annual High Table lecture given by a distinguished academician in the field.