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Master of Public Administration

THE PROGRAM

Program Overview

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. 

Concentrations Offered

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

ADMISSIONS

Application Information

How to:  

Application Requirement Information

International Applicant Requirements

Frequently Asked Questions

Application Deadlines

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 

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. 

  • Official transcripts, and foreign evaluations if applicable, from all post-secondary institutions attended.

Program requirements:

  • Resume
  • Letter of intent
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • 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

INFORMATION

Total Program
Credit Hours

36-42

Average Length
of the Program

2 years

Approximate Enrollment

90

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.

Career Possibilities

Graduate Program Director & Advising Coordinator

Dr. George Candler

Professor

g.candler@unf.edu

(904) 620-1388

Building 51 , Room 2402