The Master of Public Administration (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.
Several civic leaders, in Jacksonville and at UNF, possess our MPA degree.
- Generalist Option
- Health Administration
- Local Government Policy & Administration
- National Security
- Non-Profit Management
- Public Policy
Application Requirement Information
International Applicant Requirements
Frequently Asked Questions
Fall Term . . . . . . . . August 1
Spring Term . . . . . December 1
Summer Term . . . March 15
Applicants that will be applying for the Graduate Scholarship should apply to the program by March 6. Those applying for MPA program scholarships should apply by June 1.
The following must be submitted by the posted deadline. Incomplete applications with outstanding requirements, or those post-marked after the posted deadline, are subject to cancellation. Once an application has been cancelled, the applicant will be required to apply for the next available term, or as a graduate non-degree seeking applicant (limitations apply).
- UNF admission application
- Application fee
- If applicable, collection holds and judicial holds must be cleared
All of the below university and program 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.
Official transcripts, and foreign evaluations if applicable,
from all post-secondary institutions
- Letter of intent
- Two letters of recommendation
- Recommenders are required to complete a rating form and may also submit a letter if they choose
- GRE test scores
- Taken within the last 5 years
- 153 verbal and 145 quantitative
- GMAT is acceptable with minimum scores of 30 verbal and 29 quantitative
- The GRE requirement is waived for applicants with at least a 3.25 GPA calculation from the last 60 undergraduate credits. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Graduate Program Director for more information on the GRE waiver
- Applicants with an earned advanced degree (defined as a Master Degree at the minimum) from a regionally accredited institution, may request to have the GRE waived. Please contact the Graduate Program Director
Curriculum and Requirements
of the Program
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.