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Public Administration at South Carolina

Public service is a noble calling, and the master of public administration prepares you with the managerial and analytical skills you need to ethically and effectively serve an increasingly diverse public in government agencies, nonprofit groups or other public affairs organizations.

Graduate Degrees

Primarily administered by core political science faculty in our College of Arts and Sciences, the master of public administration curriculum is designed to produce broadly trained public servants with a passion for the public good. Through our teaching, research, service activities and other initiatives, our goal is to improve the understanding and practice of public affairs in our state, the nation and across borders.

On average, slightly more than half of our students are already employed, and our internship program prepares the other half of our students for rewarding careers in public service. For more specialized professional training in your area of interest, we also offer dual degree programs with law and with public health. 

M  Master of Public Administration

Graduate Director: Chris Witko, 803-777-4547, witkoc@mailbox.sc.edu
Program Contact: Debby Tiemeyer, 803-777-2675, tiemeyer@mailbox.sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School. 

DD  Dual Degree: Public Administration and Law (M.P.A. / J.D.)

Through special arrangement, the university offers dual degree programs in certain areas to permit a student to work on two degrees concurrently by combining credits, resulting in the student's taking fewer courses than the total required if each degree were pursued independently.

This program, offered by the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Law, culminates in a master of public administration and a Juris Doctor.

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School.

DD  Dual Degree: Public Administration and Social Work (M.P.A. / M.S.W.)

Through special arrangement, the university offers dual degree programs in certain areas to permit a student to work on two degrees concurrently by combining credits, resulting in the student's taking fewer courses than the total required if each degree were pursued independently.

This program, offered by the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Social Work, culminates in a master of public administration and a master of social work.

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School.

Explore Our Graduate School 

The Graduate School administers the application process for all of the university's doctoral, master’s, certificate and dual degree programs. Take a look at what you will need to do before you apply.