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Master of Public Administration


Program Overview

The MPA program is a nationally-accredited degree program intended to prepare students for successful careers as managers in the public and nonprofit sectors. The curriculum is designed to enable the student to understand the scope and activity of governance in modern society and to administer public programs effectively. For the student who already has significant governmental experience, the program provides opportunities to gain new skills and obtain an enlarged perspective on the responsibilities and obligations of public sector management. While public administration is generally associated with a political science background, students from any discipline who are interested in public or nonprofit careers, or who are currently employed in the public or nonprofit sectors, are encouraged to apply to the program.

Concentrations Offered

• Generalist Option
• Health Administration
• Local Government Policy & Admin
• National Security
• Non-Profit Management
• Public Policy

Special Notes about the Program

Several civic leaders, in Jacksonville and at UNF, possess our MPA degree. 


Application Information

Applications are accepted fall, spring, and summer terms.

Application Deadlines

Fall Term . . . . . . . . August 1

Spring Term . . . . . December 1

Summer Term . . . March 15

*Students applying for the Graduate Scholarship need to apply by March 6. Students applying for MPA program scholarships need to apply by June 1.

Admission Requirements

University requirements:

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent from a foreign institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study.

Additional program requirements:

  • Official transcripts from all attended institutions

  • GRE scores (Institutional Code: 5490):
    • After January 1, 2017: 153 verbal, 145 quantitative
    • GMAT is acceptable with minimum scores of 30 verbal and 29 quantitative
    • The GRE requirement is waived for applicants with a GPA of 3.25 or higher, for their last 60 undergraduate credits  
  • Resume

  • Letter of Intent

  • Two letters of recommendation

Students should be aware that admission into any graduate program is granted on a competitive basis. Students meeting minimum requirements may be denied admission based on such factors as program capacity or academic discretion. Likewise, students may be considered for admission as an exception if stated admissions criteria are not met.


For more information on how to apply click here.

Additional requirements for International applicants can be found here.


Total Program
Credit Hours


Average Length
of the Program

Two years

Approximate Enrollment


Community Connections

Members of the MPA faculty serve on the City of Jacksonville's Ethics Commission, the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission and other public bodies; administer evaluation iniatives of civic agencies; consult on strategic planning efforts by non-profit agencies and institutions; and develop and implement community-focused polls through the UNF Public Opinion Research Lab (headed by an MPA faculty member). In addition, this program offers an internship option; more information can be found through the Graduate Catalog or by speaking with the Graduate Program Director.
Graduate Program Director & Advising Coordinator

Dr. George Candler

(904) 620-1388

Building 51 , Room 2402