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FAU’s School of Public Administration Earns Ranking from U.S. News for Best Graduate School

BOCA RATON, FL (March 15, 2011) – Florida Atlantic University earned the No. 80 spot in the category of “Public Affairs” for its School of Public Administration within the College for Design and Social Inquiry in the 2012 edition of Best Graduate Schools by U.S. News Media Group.  

“This ranking is a confirmation of the success we have experienced as a result of the goals set forth in the School of Public Administration,” said Rosalyn Carter, Ph.D., dean of the College for Design and Social Inquiry.  “The School provides educational opportunities for those who wish to involve themselves in the many stimulating challenges of the public sector.”

FAU’s School of Public Administration offers a master’s degree in public administration (MPA), a master’s degree in nonprofit management (MNM), as well as a doctorate in public administration. The MPA provides intellectual, technical, analytical and pragmatic education to enhance the knowledge, skills and abilities of those working to solve problems in the public sector. The MNM degree recognizes the growing importance of the nonprofit sector in solving public problems. The curriculum was developed with the unique needs of the nonprofit sector in mind, and so contains specialized content on board governance, fund raising, nonprofit management and finance. The Ph.D. is designed for people interested in public administration and public policy careers, public sector research centers or the public sector itself. 

The 2012 Best Graduate Schools includes essential, detailed statistical information on more than 1,200 programs nationwide. For more information about the Best Graduate Schools, visit


About Florida Atlantic University:

Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of its origin, FAU is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2011. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit .

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