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Press Release for Friday, July 25, 2014

UNF Master of Public Administration Program Granted NASPPA Accreditation

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
Department of Public Relations
(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) program has been reaccredited through 2020 by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), the recognized global accreditor of master’s degree programs in public service education.

First accredited in 1999, the UNF MPA program offers concentrations in public policy, local government and nonprofit management, with a health administration concentration offered by the Brooks College of Health. The program is one of seven NASPAA-accredited graduate programs in Florida, and the only NASPAA-accredited Master of Public Administration or Policy program in Northeast Florida.

“NASPAA accreditation is critical for graduate programs in public policy and administration,” said Dr. George Candler, UNF MPA program director. “In addition to our local engagement, our faculty research and engagement with national and international scholarship and practice in the field, sends a message to the community that we bring global best practice in governance to Northeast Florida.”

Founded in the 1970s, the program has had more than 600 students graduate. Prominent local alumni include Duval County Property Appraiser Jim Overton, Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department Chief Martin Senterfitt, St. Johns County Sheriff David Shoar, St. Johns Riverkeeper Executive Director Jimmy Orth and UNF Vice President of Administration and Finance Shari Shuman.

All NASPAA accredited programs have successfully met NASPAA Standards for Professional Master’s Degree Programs in Public Affairs, Policy and Administration. NASPAA’s accreditation process is mission-based and driven by public service values. Accredited programs must contribute to the knowledge, research and practice of public service, establish observable goals and outcomes and use information about their performance to guide program improvement.

The UNF MPA 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.

UNF, a nationally ranked 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.