Academics

Academics 2016-12-08T06:21:34+00:00

CPAP Students

The mission of the Center for Public Administration and Policy is “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:
I. 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.
II. 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.
III. 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.

Quick Facts

  • One program in three locations. Established in 1977 in Blacksburg, CPAP now offers degrees in Blacksburg, Alexandria, and Richmond. It is positioned to meet the distinctive educational needs of public administration professionals and scholars in each location, and to engage in research across all levels of American government as well as internationally. Students and faculty work together across locations, benefiting from engagement on a large university campus as well as in the United States and Virginia capitals.
  • CPAP is ranked in the top 25 nationally in public management/administration by U.S. News & World Report, out of nearly 300 schools.
  • Virginia Tech has been ranked 15th in the 2015 Best Value Schools ranking of the 50 most innovative public service schools in the United States.
  • The MPA program is NASPAA accredited. NASPAA accreditation recognizes that a master’s degree program in public policy, affairs, or administration has undertaken a rigorous process of peer review.
  • Diverse student population. Each location contributes to the robust diversity of distinctive student populations and government contexts. CPAP combines full-time and part-time students, students with federal, state, and local government experience, as well as professionals from the private for-profit and non-profit sectors. And CPAP draws students from several regions of the U.S. and the world.
  • Faculty known for distinctive scholarship and teaching. CPAP faculty engage in world-class scholarship. From the founding faculty who established a unique scholarly signature with the theme of “refounding” public administration, to the most recent scholars to join CPAP, faculty work appears in top-ranked journals of the field and in books from prominent university presses, as well as in briefings to policymakers.
  • We are home to the journals Administration & Society and Law & Society Review.
  • Distinctive graduate-level certificate programs in Local Government, Public and Non-Profit Financial Management, and Homeland Security Policy. CPAP offers certificates for both degree and non-degree students, programs distinguished by their strategic responsiveness to the vital need to train executives, managers, and professionals in these areas, and the embedding of topics in rigorous scholarship as a path toward thoughtful public service.
  • Affiliated faculty dedicated to the CPAP enterprise. CPAP’s affiliated faculty bring a wealth of professional and academic experience to teaching, participate regularly in CPAP events and student development, and are fiercely loyal to and contribute materially to the sustained success of the CPAP.
  • A solid student and alumni/ae base. CPAP students recognize and embrace the special culture of CPAP and the close faculty-student connections that make the learning process transformational. As a result, CPAP enjoys a large, loyal, and very supportive graduates and superior networking opportunities for new students entering the program.

PhD in Public Administration/Public Affairs

The PhD in Public Administration/Public Affairs (PAPA) prepares scholars for university faculty careers, and prepares scholars and administrators for policy-making and senior management positions and it engages practitioners and graduate students in research in a range of fields. Alumni include nationally recognized scholars and public servants working in local, state, and federal government agencies.

  • CPAP
  • Blacksburg
  • National Capital Region
  • Full Time
  • Part Time

Masters in Public Administration

The Masters in Public Administration degree provides the skills needed for positions involving policy, management, or executive responsibilities in public and not-for-profit settings. Among other occupations, our recent graduates are currently working as policy analysts, higher education administrators, law enforcement officials, budget analysts, city/county administrators and non-profit executives.

  • CPAP
  • Blacksburg
  • National Capital Region
  • Richmond
  • Full Time
  • Part Time

Graduate Certificate in Local Government Management

The Local Government Management Certificate provides the next generation of local government managers with the tools to advance their careers and provide exceptional leadership within the communities where they work. Students are exposed to a full spectrum of local government issues, service delivery options, and management tools. The analysis of a real life, local government case study is central to each classroom experience.

  • CPAP
  • Blacksburg
  • National Capital Region
  • Full Time
  • Part Time

Graduate Certificate in Public and Non-Profit Financial Management

The Graduate Certificate in Public and Non Profit Financial Management is designed to develop students’ understanding of the concepts and practice of financial management in government, university, and complex non-profit organizations. Available throughout the commonwealth through virtual classroom technology, the Public and Non-Profit Financial Management certificate is designed for full-time students as well as part-time and working professional students.

  • CPAP
  • Blacksburg
  • National Capital Region
  • Richmond, Virginia
  • Full Time
  • Part Time

Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security Policy

The Homeland Security Policy Certificatefocuses on domestic security and emergency management issues from a policy perspective. The certificate addresses issues of homeland security strategy, policy design, planning, operations, managing across and among networks, and implementation

  • CPAP
  • Blacksburg
  • National Capital Region
  • Richmond, Virginia
  • Full Time
  • Part Time