Program accreditation
National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration

Apply online at graduate.admissions.vcu.edu.

This program permits selected students to earn the B.A. and M.P.A. in a minimum of five years by taking certain master’s-level courses during the senior year of their undergraduate program. The program is restricted to students with strong credentials and a clear interest in careers in the public or nonprofit sector. To be eligible, students must have completed 90 credit hours of undergraduate course work and have an overall GPA of 3.0, with a GPA of 3.3 in political science courses. The accelerated program is limited to students majoring in political science who have a minimum of 9 credit hours in political science courses.

To be considered for acceptance into the program and before enrolling in 600-level M.P.A. courses, students must complete the application to graduate study, submit standardized test scores and supply the supporting information required for admission. Upon being accepted into the accelerated program, students must meet the same standards of performance as a graduate student that are described in detail in the “Satisfactory academic progress” section of the Graduate Bulletin, must maintain a 3.0 GPA and must satisfactorily complete all of the requirements for the degree, as stated in this bulletin. Guidance to students admitted to the accelerated program is provided by the public administration program director. Students should contact the M.P.A. graduate director for more information about admission procedures.

To graduate with a bachelor’s degree, a student must complete 120 credit hours of course work. Of these credits, 33 must be in political science. Of the 33 political science credit hours, the following 15 are required:

POLI 103U.S. Government3
POLI/INTL 105International Relations3
POLI 107Political Theory3
POLI 109Comparative Politics3
POLI 490Senior Seminar3
Total Hours15

Students enrolled in the accelerated program may take up to six credits of graduate public administration courses in each of the final two semesters of their undergraduate course work. These courses are shared credit hours with the graduate program, meaning that they will be applied toward the undergraduate degree requirement and the graduate degree requirement. A maximum of 12 credit hours may be taken prior to the completion of the baccalaureate degree. The bachelor’s degree will be awarded when the student has completed all requirements for the undergraduate degree, which may include the 12 graduate public administration credit hours.

The graduate courses that may be taken in the public administration program once a student is admitted to the accelerated program are as follows:

PADM/GVPA 601Principles of Public Administration3
PADM 602Public Administration Theory3
PADM 607Public Human Resource Management3
PADM 609Financial Management in Government3
PADM/GVPA/CRJS/URSP 623Research Methods for Government and Public Affairs3
PADM 624Quantitative Methods for Public Administration (or a PADM elective course)3
PADM 650Principles of Nonprofit Management3

All accelerated program students must have their course schedules approved by the graduate public administration program director prior to registration.

Graduate program director
Richard F. Huff, Ph.D.
Program chair, Public Administration
Email: rrhuff@vcu.edu
Phone: (804) 828-9813

Additional contact
Simon H. Okoth, Ph.D.
Director of graduate studies, Wilder School
Email: okothsh@vcu.edu
Phone: (804) 827-1430

Program website: wilder.vcu.edu/academic/pubadmin.html