Master of Public Administration

The Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Master of Public Administration (MPA) is part of the School of Public Administration (SPA), which is part of the College for Design and Social Inquiry (CDSI). The purpose of the MPA program is to provide professional education for leadership and management by offering a broad-based core curriculum that covers the essentials of both leadership and management in social, economic, and political contexts. Hence, the mission of the MPA program at FAU is to provide students intellectual, analytical, technical, and practical education that advances the state of knowledge in public administration.  Our further mission is to enhance ethical public service and collaborate with others to address local, regional, state, national and international matters of concern. We value our inclusive climate and the diversity of our students, faculty, staff, alumni and community, and rely on these strengths to engage in our local communities and beyond.

Based on 2016-2017 data, the majority of our MPA students work in local (48%) and state (10%) government, but others work in federal government (7%), the nonprofit sector (10%), and the private sector (9%). Some of our MPA students continue their education (6%) after graduation. On average, 93% of our MPA students are employed within six months of graduating.



The Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation originally accredited the FAU MPA in 1986 and re-accredited the program in 1993, 2000, 2007, and 2014.

For any questions regarding the Master of Public Administration degree program, please contact Dr. Robin Larson (Program Coordinator,

For questions about advising, please contact the College Advising Center at 561-297-2316.