Director’s Welcome

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The field of public administration concerns itself with government, public purposes, and getting the job done. The faculty of the School of Public Administration are here to build knowledge in the discipline through scholarship, and also to provide educational opportunities for those who wish to know more. There are many stimulating challenges facing the public sector, and we offer our five degree programs knowing that our students seek a superb education at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels.

The Bachelor of Public Management (BPM) places emphasis on the critical cognitive knowledge and practical skills essential for professional positions in public and nonprofit agencies and organizations.

The Bachelor of Public Safety Administration (BPSA) is a unique undergraduate degree program for South Florida professionals and pre-professionals interested in police, fire, and disaster response practice and administration.

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree is a nationally ranked and accredited. Students were first admitted to the FAU MPA program in 1967 and the first degrees awarded in 1969. The mission of the MPA is to provide intellectual, technical, analytical, and pragmatic education to enhance the knowledge, skills, and abilities of those working to solve problems in the public sector.

The Master of Nonprofit Management (MNM) degree recognizes the growing importance of the nonprofit sector in solving public problems. The curriculum was developed with the unique needs of the nonprofit sector in mind, and so contains specialized content on board governance, fund raising, nonprofit management, and finance.

The Ph.D. in Public Administration is a high quality research degree delivered by nationally and internationally recognized scholars who hold tenured senior positions on the faculty. It is designed for people interested in public administration and public policy careers, public sector research centers, or the public sector itself.  Many of those who graduate with the Ph.D. take faculty positions at other distinguished universities offering public administration degrees.

Steven Bourassa , Ph.D.

Steven C. Bourassa, Ph.D.
Director and Professor