Master of Public Administration
The mission of Florida Atlantic University Master of Public Administration program is to provide intellectual, analytical, technical, and practical education to advance the state of knowledge in public administration and to enhance ethical public service values within our service region.
The admissions criteria are established so that the program may educate diverse students who wish to manage and lead public and nonprofit institutions effectively, efficiently, ethically, and democratically. Applicants to the MPA program must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and a minimum grade point average of “B” (3.0 on a 4.0 scale). In addition to an official transcript, applicants must submit a 500-word personal statement, including why obtaining the MPA is important to their career objectives, two-three (2-3) letters of recommendations (preferably from fulltime, tenured or tenure-track faculty), an academic writing sample, and a resume. Meeting minimal standards does not guarantee admission.
In addition to what is specified above, a graduate of a college or university outside of the United States who has completed an academic program equivalent to an American bachelor's degree may apply for admission to the M.P.A. program. All international applicants whose transcripts are from non-U.S. institutions must have their credentials evaluated course by course, including the GPA, by a professional evaluation service. A service may be found at www.NACES.org. An international applicant for whom English is a second language is required to submit a score of 550 (IBT 79-80) or higher on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) before enrolling for courses. For details, applicants should contact Test of English as a Foreign Language, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.A., 08540.
Applicants who fail to meet the above requirements may be considered for admission by exception and must also submit GRE scores that are no more than five years old. Such petitions require the recommendation of the MPA Committee and the approval of the MPA Coordinator
Students who have not applied for admission or who may have applied but have not yet been admitted to the MPA program, may register for up to fifteen (15) credit hours of course work as a non-degree seeking student. A maximum of fifteen (15) semester hours taken in non-degree status may be transferred to the MPA program without submitting a petition, if the courses were taken in the FAU MPA program and a grade of "B" or better was received in each course.
No credit counted as part of another degree may be counted toward the MPA. All work toward the MPA must be completed within ten years after initial registration in the program. If you have graduate-level credits that you believe can be transferred from another school, you must obtain a copy of the course syllabus and submit a petition. Petitions are available from Melissa Mancao at firstname.lastname@example.org, Social Science Bldg 44, Room 206. Request for transfer credits should be made at the time of admission and is limited to six credits, in which the student earned a minimum grade of “B.” Decisions regarding credit transfers are at the discretion of the MPA Coordinator.
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