Why Choose CPAP in Alexandria?
We are committed to advancing good governance and capable, ethical public service. We offer the MPA, Ph.D. and certificates in local government management, public and nonprofit financial management, and homeland security policy. Several things stand out about our programs:
CPAP Alexandria attracts a mix of part-time and full time students committed to thoughtful public service. Our classes offer opportunities to meet and learn from public sector leaders. Many Alexandria graduate students take classes on a part-time basis, while working full-time in federal, regional, and local government positions, as well as in consulting and the non-profit sector. Our students are part of a community that includes more than 35,000 Virginia Tech alumni in the national capital region.
The Benefits of a University
We have the benefits of community that come from a close-knit program dedicated to thoughtful public service alongside the benefits of a large university. The Virginia Tech registrar and Graduate Student Services Office are located at the Northern Virginia Center at 7054 Haycock Road, Falls Church, VA (adjacent to the West Falls Church Metro). Additionally, there is a library in the Washington Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC) just across the courtyard from the SPIA Alexandria building. Students are also able to reach faculty in Blacksburg and Richmond through videoconference technology for advising, service on committees, and online courses. The Social & Decision Analytics Laboratory in Ballston offers opportunities for seminars and research collaboration on big data and decision analytics topics.
Many of our faculty come from long careers in government, or are primarily reflective practitioners who hold a full time job in government as well as scholarly credentials. They bring current policy and management experience as well as their personal networks to the classroom for the benefit of students.
The campus is located at 1021 Prince Street in Old Town Alexandria, VA. It is metro accessible on the Blue and Yellow metro lines, just a 15 minute walk or 5 minute Bikeshare ride from the King Street metro station.
Virginia Tech’s Arlington Research Center is located at 900 N. Glebe Road, minutes from the Ballston metro station. CPAP holds events at the Ballston building, which is convenient to many government agencies and nonprofits. The Arlington campus is home to a popular Science, Technology and Policy Leadership speakers series.
Most classes at the National Capital Region campus begin at 4p.m. and 7p.m., with occasional weekend conference-style meetings.
Many courses invite professionals into the classroom to give a talk, or even to serve as a client for student reports and studio projects. Early career students have gained career experience through internships at federal government agencies, the General Accountability Office, the city of Alexandria, and other agencies and nonprofits. The living lab in Arlington offers possibilities for working with local government officials to address challenges for community resilience.
From lunchtime research in progress talks to evening guest workshops for doctoral students, aspiring public administrators, and alumni, our students have ample opportunity to interact with public officials and policy experts. See, for example, this recent conference on collaboration in big data ethics. In addition, Virginia Tech in the National Capital Region hosts events for policy experts, leaders, and the public. Faculty and students also regularly speak to the media.
Myriam Lechuga at email@example.com or (703) 706-8111
Thinking about graduate study in public administration and policy? We hold information sessions in person in Alexandria. For information session questions, email SPIAAlexandria@vt.edu or call 703-706-8111.