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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

(904) 620-2102

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 format.


“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.



For 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.


  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.