Press Release for Friday, June 17, 2016
UNF MPA Program Expands Course Offerings into Downtown Jacksonville
Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
Department of Public Relations
The University of North Florida Master of
Public Administration (MPA) program will offer classes at the Jesse Ball duPont
Center in downtown Jacksonville for the 2016-17 academic year, making courses
more accessible for prospective students who work downtown.
This fall, the
gateway class to the program, Public Administration in Modern Society, will be
offered. A second MPA class will be offered in the spring, while courses in
nonprofit management will be offered the following academic year. Other courses
in the 14-class (42 credit) program are offered on the UNF campus or through hybrid/online
“We can appreciate how difficult it is for
working students to sign up for graduate school and take classes after working
all day,” said Dr. George Candler, UNF MPA Program director. “We’re excited to
make these courses readily available in the downtown area and to help make a
graduate degree more manageable for our students.”
Founded in the late 1970s, the UNF MPA is Northeast
Florida’s only accredited graduate program in public policy, administration and
related fields. In addition to the public management core, the program offers
concentrations in public policy, nonprofit management and local government,
while classes toward a health administration concentration can be taken through
UNF’s Brooks College of Health.
With nearly 700 graduates, a recent MPA alumni survey found a
strong level of satisfaction among graduates and a very strong reported return
on investment. “It was satisfying for the MPA program that this high level
of satisfaction has improved among our students since 2010, especially since
we’ve almost had a complete generational change in faculty,” noted Candler. The
survey results can be found under “Program Outcomes” on the MPA website at
As program director, Candler earned his doctorate in public policy
from Indiana University in 1998. He has taught classes in public and nonprofit
management for 20 years in four states, Canada and Brazil. He researches
widely in public and nonprofit management and has published in the top journal
in public administration in five countries.
more information about the MPA program, contact Candler at (904) 620-1388 or
The Jessie Ball
duPont Center is a gathering place for philanthropy and nonprofits located in
the historic building that previously housed the Haydon Burns Public Library.
In addition to conference, meeting and classroom space, the Center is home to
more than a dozen local nonprofit organizations, including the Nonprofit Center
of Northeast Florida and the Jessie Ball duPont Fund.
The UNF MPA prepares students for
successful careers as managers in the public and nonprofit sectors. The
curriculum enables the student to understand the scope and activity of
governance in modern society and to administer public and
nonprofit programs effectively.
university located on an
environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to
enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures
through a well-rounded education.