** Please note that we are currently waiving the GRE requirement for applicants to our program. For more information please submit the form below.



The purpose of the Florida Atlantic University Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is to provide professional education for leadership and management by offering a broad-based core curriculum that covers the essentials of both leadership and management in social, economic, and political contexts. We value professional competence, inclusivity, accountability, and ethical competence.  Our MPA program mission is:

  • We prepare pre-service and in-service students in southeast Florida to be leaders, managers, and analysts for all levels of government by providing intellectual, analytical, technical, and practical education via a curriculum that students can customize to meet their professional goals.

  • We value the diversity of our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community and we foster inclusiveness, participation, and cultural competence in our MPA courses and other educational activities.

  • We advance the state of knowledge in public administration through research activities and collaborations with internal and external partners that examine and address local, regional, state, national, and international matters of public concern.

  • We enhance ethical public service by encouraging ethical deliberation and decision-making in our MPA courses and through other educational activities.

The majority of current FAU MPA students work in local (35%) and state (17%) government, while others work in the nonprofit sector (4%), and the private sector (9%). Most current MPA students are employed full-time (82%). 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019), the average (mean) salary for someone in a management occupation within local government is $ 94,080.  

Based on our 2019 alumni survey, 91% of the FAU MPA alumni indicated that they were very satisfied or satisfied with their FAU MPA experience.




The Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation originally accredited the FAU MPA in 1986 and re-accredited the program in 1993, 2000, 2007, and 2014.

For any questions regarding the Master of Public Administration degree program, please contact Dr. Robin Larson (Program Coordinator) via email at