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.

The majority of FAU MPA current students work in local (35%) and state (17%) government, and others work in the nonprofit sector (4%), and the private sector (9%). Most of the current MPA students are employed full-time (82%). The majority of FAU MPA current students (75%) are part-time students who take 1-2 classes a semester, so on average, they complete the program in 7-9 semesters (2.5 – 3 years). Based on our 2014 cohort of 60 MPA enrollees, 85% graduated within 3 years.

Based on our 2019 alumni survey, the majority of FAU MPA alumni (61%) remained in the same public sector job after they graduated, 3% remained in the same nonprofit job, and 3% remained in the same job in the private sector. Thirteen percent obtained their first job in the public sector while they were in the MPA program, 7% obtained their first job in the public sector within six months of completing their degree, and 8% started their first public sector job after six months of earning their MPA degree.

Sixty-two percent of the FAU MPA alumni indicated that they were very satisfied with their FAU MPA experience and 29% were satisfied with their FAU MPA experience.

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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, rlarson2@fau.edu)

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