Inspired to Lead and Serve

You’re inspired to serve – but to make a bigger difference, you need to be a higher link on the chain of command. Master the skillset every innovative, forward-thinking leader needs to reach that next rung.

The three concentrations within the Master of Public Administration program develops your skills to lead public and community agencies, as well as to understand the social, economic, and political context in which public decisions are made. All four concentrations build your analytical skills and public service values like accountability, integrity, diversity and ethical decision-making.

Choose From Three Concentrations

M.P.A. Concentration In Criminal Justice

Tens of thousands of criminal justice agencies in the U.S. provide law enforcement, corrections, judicial, and support services. Many seek forward-thinking leaders who can operate innovatively; inspire teams and improve agency results. Be that inspiring leader they seek.

M.P.A. Concentration In State And Local Administration

The real opportunities to change lives for the better, help families, and strengthen communities is found quite often at state and local levels, as opposed to massive federal agencies. There are 90,000 state and local government entities. Their mission and goals differ, but they all have one thing in common: they need leaders who can raise the bar for all, developing new ideas, programs and methods to drive results.

M.P.A. Concentration In Non-Profit/Non-Governmental Organizations

There are more than 1.5 million nonprofits in the U.S., each challenged to increase collaborative public service and drive improved results. Their missions are all inspiring, but inspiration alone won’t cut it. They need an edge – they need a Shark like you on their side to guide the journey.

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Quick Facts

Curriculum

NSU’s M.P.A. program is 39 total credits to complete.

Start Dates

The M.P.A. concentrations are available to start in August and January.

Delivery Options

Classes for the Master of Accounting concentrations are offered Saturdays at our Fort Lauderdale/Davie campus and online.

Tuition

Tuition for the degree program is $939 per credit hour. Discounted rates are available through our employer tuition program.

Tuition Award

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

Earning Potential

Top Government Affairs Executive (State) $228,517 Average Salary Per Year
Political Scientist $115,110 Average Salary Per Year
Top Government Affairs Executive (Federal) $271,961 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: Salary.com, Payscale.com, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Master of Public Administration Curriculum

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M.P.A. Core Courses (24 credits)
Credits
PUB 5000
Orientation for Success ( PUB 5000 )
PUB 5409
Public Administration in Theory and Application ( PUB 5409 / Credits: 3 )
3
PUB 5418
Entrepreneurial Governance ( PUB 5418 / Credits: 3 )
3
PUB 5429
Public Sector Statistical Analysis ( PUB 5429 / Credits: 3 )
3
PUB 5438
Public and Nonprofit Strategic Management ( PUB 5438 / Credits: 3 )
3
PUB 5439
Administrative Law and Ethics in the Public Sector ( PUB 5439 / Credits: 3 )
3
PUB 5449
Public Policy Analysis ( PUB 5449 / Credits: 3 )
3
PUB 5459
Managing Information and Technology in the Public Sector ( PUB 5459 / Credits: 3 )
3
PUB 5469
Public Finance ( PUB 5469 / Credits: 3 )
3
Capstone* (Choose one)
Credits
PUB 5945
Master of Public Administration Integrative Seminar ( PUB 5945 / Credits: 3 )
3
PUB 5941
Public Administration Internship ( PUB 5941 / Credits: 3 )
3
PUB 5949
Public Administration Practicum ( PUB 5949 / Credits: 3 )
3
Concentration - Criminal Justice (Choose 4)
Credits
CJI 0510
Survey Issues in Criminal Justice ( CJI 0510 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 0520
Social Administration of Criminal Justice ( CJI 0520 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 0530
Legal Issues in Criminal Justice ( CJI 0530 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 0540
Program Evaluation in Criminal Justice ( CJI 0540 / Credits: 3 )
3
CJI 0550
Investigative Processes ( CJI 0550 / Credits: 3 )
3
Concentration - Generalist (Choose 4)
Open elective—any course in HCBE excluding CHS prefixes ( )
Concentration - Non-Profit/Non-Governmental Organizations (Required)
Credits
PUB 5901
Introduction to Non-Profit Management ( PUB 5901 / Credits: 3 )
3
Concentration - Non-Profit/Non-Governmental Organizations (Choose 3)
Credits
PUB 5902
Grant Development in the Public & Non-Profit Sector ( PUB 5902 / Credits: 3 )
3
PUB 5903
Comparative and Cross-cultural Perspectives for Non-Profits ( PUB 5903 / Credits: 3 )
3
PUB 5904
Non-Profit Governance ( PUB 5904 / Credits: 3 )
3
PUB 5905
Financial Management and Sustainability for Nonprofit Organizations ( PUB 5905 / Credits: 3 )
3
PUB 5906
Major Gifts, Planned Giving, and Building Endowments ( PUB 5906 / Credits: 3 )
3
PUB 5925
Leadership in the Public Sector ( PUB 5925 / Credits: 3 )
3
PUB 5927
Evaluation of Public Policies and Programs ( PUB 5927 / Credits: 3 )
3
PUB 5929
Introduction to E-Government and Social Media in the Public Sector ( PUB 5929 / Credits: 3 )
3
REE 5867
Geographic Information Systems ( REE 5867 / Credits: 3 )
3
Concentration - State & Local Administration (Choose 4)
Credits
PUB 5902
Grant Development in the Public & Non-Profit Sector ( PUB 5902 / Credits: 3 )
3
PUB 5922
Emergency Management in the Public Sector ( PUB 5922 / Credits: 3 )
3
PUB 5925
Leadership in the Public Sector ( PUB 5925 / Credits: 3 )
3
PUB 5926
Public Budgeting ( PUB 5926 / Credits: 3 )
3
PUB 5927
Evaluation of Public Policies and Programs ( PUB 5927 / Credits: 3 )
3
PUB 5928
Economic Development Policy ( PUB 5928 / Credits: 3 )
3
PUB 5929
Introduction to E-Government and Social Media in the Public Sector ( PUB 5929 / Credits: 3 )
3
REE 5884
Land Use Regulation: Entitlements and Permitting in a Growth Managed Environment ( REE 5884 / Credits: 3 )
3
REE 5867
Geographic Information Systems ( REE 5867 / Credits: 3 )
3
REE 5882
Land Use Planning and Project Design ( REE 5882 / Credits: 3 )
3

Students are assigned to one capstone option based on public sector work experience. The capstone must be taken during the last semester of the student’s curriculum and the student must be in good academic standing to register.

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.

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