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Graduate - Public Administration

The Graduate GSSP in Public Administration is a two-semester program designed for students who have completed a bachelor’s degree, but need additional academic and/or English support to gain entry to a master’s degree program. No GRE/GMAT needed to apply.

Upon successful completion of the program and all additional requirements, students will earn up to 12 credits and directly enter their master’s degree program at Virginia Commonwealth University.

The L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs is a creative, interdisciplinary grouping of programs in the social sciences and professional arenas that provides students with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary for success in public service.

The L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs was recently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as No. 44 of graduate public affairs programs across the country.

Pathways at Virginia Commonwealth University

Bachelor's Degree


Master's Degree


Program benefits:

  • VCU student from day one
  • No GRE required for admission
  • Receive academic credits toward your VCU degree
  • Small class sizes and additional student support provided

Progression requirements

  • Overall GPA of 3.0
  • No grade below B

Entry to master's degree program at VCU


  • Public Administration, Master of

About the MPA program

The M.P.A. program at the Wilder School equips students with skills in public management and policy analysis. Our graduates pursue careers at nonprofits and federal, state and local governments, as well as for-profit organizations that cooperate with the public sector.

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