Inspired to Lead and Serve

If you want to be an agent of change, here’s your chance! With The NSU Edge, you will be able to make lives better, help families, and strengthen communities on a state and local level. With the abundance of opportunities nationwide, professionals like you are in high demand.

Nova Southeastern University’s Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) program will propel you into a successful career path, providing you with a foundation in advanced public administration skills intensely focused on state and local administration, as well as non-profit management. Our curriculum is designed to help you understand the social, economic, and political context in which public decisions are made. Our faculty members will tap into their thorough experience outside of the classroom to ensure that your learning experience is practical, useful, and powerful.

Upon completion of this program, you will possess the skills necessary to lead public and community agencies, raise the bar to better serve others, and advance your professional career. Make your leadership dreams a reality today.

Quick Facts


NSU’s M.P.A. program is 36 total credits and can be completed in 12 months (full time) or 24 months (part time). Download the degree plan.

Start Dates

The M.P.A. program is available to start in Fall/August and Winter/January semesters.

Delivery Options

Classes for the Master of Public Administration program are offered Saturdays, 8:00am-12:00pm and 12:30pm-4:30pm at NSU's Fort Lauderdale/Davie campus and online (synchronously). The course curriculum is available in a lock-step, executive format, designed to accommodate full-time working professionals. **Select software courses are offered asynchronously online.


Tuition for the degree program is $1026 per credit hour. Discounted rates are available through our employer tuition program.

Application Deadline

Fall: August 10
Winter: December 7

Tuition Award

Eligible government or non-profit employees qualify for a 50% government employee award. Contact a Business Development Specialist for more information.

Tuition Assistance for NSU Business Programs

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Employer Tuition Assistance Program

NSU Business partners with more than 135 local and national organizations to offer discounted employee tuition of up to 20% through our employer tuition program.
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NSU Alumni Tuition Discount

NSU alumni are eligible for a tuition award of 20% off any graduate degree or business certificate program. Alumni also receive an application fee waiver and access to a dedicated adviser to assist throughout the admission process.

Earning Potential

Political Scientist

$115,110 Average Salary Per Year

Program Director (Non-Profit)

$104,139 Average Salary Per Year

City Manager

$86,376 Average Salary Per Year

Emergency Management Director

$72,760 Average Salary Per Year

Source:,, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Master of Public Administration Curriculum

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M.P.A. Core Courses (33 credits)
PUB 5409
Public Administration in Theory and Application (PUB 5409 / Credits: 3 )
PUB 5429
Public Sector Statistical Analysis (PUB 5429 / Credits: 3 )
PUB 5438
Public and Non-Profit Strategic Management (PUB 5438 / Credits: 3 )
PUB 5439
Administrative Law and Ethics in the Public Sector (PUB 5439 / Credits: 3 )
PUB 5449
Public Policy Analysis (PUB 5449 / Credits: 3 )
PUB 5459
Managing Information and Technology in the Public Sector (PUB 5459 / Credits: 3 )
PUB 5469
Public Finance (PUB 5469 / Credits: 3 )
PUB 5926
Public Budgeting (PUB 5926 / Credits: 3 )
PUB 5932
Sustainable Community Development (PUB 5932 / Credits: 3 )
REE 5878
Real Estate Development Process: Part I (REE 5878 / Credits: 3 )
Select one of the following two courses: ( )
GIS 5866
Intro to Geographic Information Systems (GIS 5866 / Credits: 3 )
PUB 5925
Leadership Public Sector (PUB 5925 / Credits: 3 )
Capstone (3 credits - choose one from the following)
PUB 5945
Master of Public Administration Integrative Seminar (PUB 5945 / Credits: 3 )
PUB 5941
Public Administration Internship (PUB 5941 / Credits: 3 )

For a full list of all course descriptions, visit

Current students: Please consult your Academic Advisor for program requirements or access SharkLink for your Degree Works audit. Program requirements are subject to change, and your Academic Advisor or Degree works audit can provide you with the courses required for your catalog term.

NSU's M.P.A. is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation and listed on the Annual Roster of Accredited Programs in conformity with NASPAA standards. Being part of a program that is accredited by NASPAA is widely considered the global standard in public service education.

NASPAA Accreditation Information

Are You Ready To Make A Difference?

What does success look like? For many, it’s living life on our own terms, becoming a business success so we can help others, or being at the top of our game to fulfill our dream. At NSU Business, it’s all of the above. We believe people, planet, and profit can be the triple bottom line, and that our grads will create businesses that do more than just succeed; they help others thrive, too.

Advance your career with our world-class business programs and our network of leaders, innovators, and change agents. Do your best and deliver what’s Best for Our World™.

“To be a change agent and see how physical improvements, beautification efforts, and economic development impact the way citizens feel about themselves and where they live is extremely rewarding.”

George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D., President and CEO of Nova Southeastern University, Professor of Public Administration, and former City Manager of Fort Lauderdale, FL

Success Stories

Adriana Fazzano Ficano, M.P.A. 2015

Chief of Staff and Associate Vice President for Corporate Relations, Broward College

"If you are a public servant in a leadership capacity at any type of government entity, this is the program for you."

Bryant Walker, M.P.A. 2010

Director of Aviation, City of Brownsville, San Padre Island International Airport

"My field is fairly specialized, however the MPA prepared me in numerous ways for this position. I’m prepared for board meetings, commission meetings, and all aspects of my job."

Marjorie McNichols-Sealey, M.P.A. 2012

Assistant Chief of Quality & Systems Improvement, Veteran’s Affairs

After serving in the U.S. Air Force for 30 years, Marjorie embraced her dream of living in a small town and utilized her M.P.A. degree to gain the latest and greatest skills for her career.

Master This Changing World and Fulfill Your Purpose

The world is changing more rapidly than ever and it’s not kind to those who settle for ordinary. Instead of chasing the paycheck, we say do it for the payoff. People, planet, then profit. That’s the triple bottom line. Do your best. Be your best. Because that’s how to be Best for Our World.™

Be an earth shaker. A risk taker. A barrier breaker. Be anything you want to be. As long as you become a Difference Maker.

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