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Master of Public Administration


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


Application Information

Helpful Information:

Application Requirement Information

International Applicant Requirements

Frequently Asked Questions

Application Deadlines

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

Spring Term . . . . . December 1

Summer Term . . . April 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 recommendations
    • Should be from persons familiar with the academic or work performance of the applicant
    • Recommenders must submit a letter of recommendation, and/or a rating form
  • 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; applicants must contact the Graduate Program Director to request a waiver
  • Each applicant must complete at least one undergraduate course in American government or the American political system, and one undergraduate course in statistics

Lower GRE or GMAT scores, or a lower GPA, may be considered acceptable for admission if review of an applicant's overall academic record and work experience suggests that the applicant has the potential for success in the MPA program. Students with a GPA below the minimum or with GRE or GMAT scores below the minimum may be admitted fully or conditionally upon review of their application by the MPA Graduate Program Director, in consultation with the MPA Steering Committee. Conditional admission means that a student is allowed to take up to three MPA courses on a trial basis. If each of these courses are completed with a grade of “B” or better, the student's conditional status will be changed to that of a fully-admitted graduate student. Applicants are also encouraged to arrange an admission interview with the MPA Graduate Program Director. This interview should be scheduled prior to the semester in which the applicant intends to begin the program.


Average Length
of the Program

2 years

Approximate Enrollment


Community Connections

Members of the MPA faculty serve on the Jacksonville Beach City Council, City of Jacksonville Ethics Commission, Jacksonville Beach Pension Boards, and Players by the Sea theatre. They volunteer with a number of public and nonprofit agencies, and consult on strategic planning efforts by non-profit agencies and institutions. 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