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Master of Public Administration

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The Nova Southeastern University Master of Public Administration Program is accredited by the NASPAA Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation and listed on the Annual Roster of Accredited Programs in conformity with NASPAA standards. View Program Data

You want to change lives for the better, help families, and strengthen communities? Some of the best opportunities to do that are found at the local government level, as opposed to massive federal agencies. With more than 90,000 units of government at the state and local level in the United States, professionals like you are in high demand.

NSU’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is designed for professionals who aspire to lead local public agencies and government subdivisions. Our MPA provides a foundation in public policy and administration theories, perspectives, and practices needed to effectively evaluate and support local government projects and services. Our curriculum is designed to help you understand the social, economic, and political context in which public decisions are made. The program knits a close relationship between students, public service, and local government practitioners to develop relevant curriculum that addresses real-world problems.

You benefit from being part of a program that is accredited by NASPAA, which is widely considered the global standard in public service education. Learn alongside fellow changemakers while broadening your horizons, bolstering your network, and enhancing your analytical and critical thinking skills to the ultimate benefit of the people you serve and lead.

Admission Deadlines:

Winter I 2021: December 28, 2020

  • 39 credit hours
  • Complete in 12 months (full time) or 24 months (part time)
  • Start in January or August
  • Classes offered on Saturdays at the Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus and through online formats
  • Curriculum designed with local government experts
  • Tuition discounts available for approved public sector service employees and GPA criteria

For more information about the program, please contact:

The Office of Graduate Admissions
(954) 262-5067
1-800-672-7223 ext. 25067


The mission of the NSU Master of Public Administration program is to enhance local governance through teaching, research, and active public service. The flexible cohort program prepares prepare our diverse student population to serve the local community with integrity, objectivity, and creativity. The program fosters critical thinking, analytical decision-making, and ethical leadership skills necessary to effectively address public sector challenges and opportunities.


In addition to embodying the Nova Southeastern University core values: Academic Excellence, Student Centered, Integrity, Innovation, Opportunity, Scholarship/Research, Diversity, and Community, the NSU Florida M.P.A. program is committed to:
  1. Transparency and accountability in teaching, research, and service that supports the local community and advances the public administration profession
  2. Demonstrating mutual respect among faculty, students, and the community to support diversity and inclusiveness
  3. Developing ethical, knowledgeable, and proficient public service leaders that serve with integrity, objectivity, and creativity
  4. Providing experiential learning opportunities to foster sustainability through critical thinking and analytical decision-making skills

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) thirty-nine credit (39) hour curriculum is offered in a lock-step, executive format, designed to accommodate full-time working professionals. Classes meet face-to-face and synchronously online from 8:00am-12:00pm (Mornings) and 12:30pm-4:30pm (Afternoons). Courses that are scheduled 100% online are offered in an asynchronous format.

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Total credits: 39

Each of the following courses is required – 36 total credits
PUB 5409 Public Administration in Theory and Application  
PUB 5429 Public Sector Statistical Analysis  
PUB 5439 Administrative Law and Ethics in the Public Sector  
PUB 5449 Public Policy Analysis  
PUB 5459 Managing Information and Technology in the Public Sector  
PUB 5469 Public Finance  
PUB 5926 Public Budgeting
PUB 5932 Sustainable Community Development
REE 5867 Geographic Information Systems
REE 5878 Real Estate Development Process: Part I
PUB 5945 MPA Integrative Seminar
PG 1.0: The MPA Program will maintain a mission, public service values, goals and outcomes that support the needs of local government and align with available resources
PG 2.0: The MPA program will maintain administrative and governance capacity sufficient to fulfill its mission
PG 3.0: The MPA Program shall maintain a diverse faculty who are effective teachers, are involved in academic research, participate in scholarly activity, and provide service to their community and profession
PG 4.0: The MPA Program will maintain enrollments that are diverse and reflect a commitment to public service that strengthens communities
PG 5.0: The MPA Program will provide a structure and support services (e.g., advising, career counseling, and job search assistance) that allow students to complete their degrees in a timely fashion and advance their careers in public service
PG 6.0: The MPA Program will provide a curriculum aligned with local government needs and maintain student learning outcomes in support of its mission
View Program Logic Model 

Masters of Public Administration (MPA)
Program Learning Goals (LG) & Learning Objectives (LO)

Goal Description


Public Sector Knowledge: Our students will apply knowledge and skills in public policy and administration


Our students will demonstrate competence in applying public policy and administration theories, perspectives, and practices to enhance the policy process


Analytical Decision-Making: Our students will be analytical decision-makers


Students will apply financial, economic, statistical, and technological models to make evidence-based decisions on public sector projects


Communication: Our students will be effective communicators


Students will compose technically proficient and professional public sector documents appropriate for the intended audience


Students will arrange and deliver persuasive and productive oral presentations to convey information and findings on public sector projects


Critical Thinking: Our students will be critical thinkers


Students will apply critical thinking processes to evaluate complex social problems within the public sector


Ethical Leadership: Our students will be ethical leaders


Students will employ effective, ethical leadership skills and community welfare principles to public sector situations

Course Descriptions

PUB 5409     Public Administration in Theory and Application   (3.00 cr.)

This course provides an overview of the field of public administration by focusing on theoretical foundation and practical knowledge. The aim of this course is to familiarize students with the basic principles, context, environment, organizational structure, and contemporary issues in public administration. This course addresses the cultural, institutional, political, and ethical constructs of public administration in theory and practice.

PUB 5429     Public Sector Statistical Analysis   (3.00 cr.)

This course covers collection, description, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of data to support decision making. Probability distributions, central limit theorem, statistical inference for uni-variate data; correlation analysis and introduction to linear regression modeling and their application to problems are discussed. The data analysis capabilities of Microsoft Excel are integrated throughout the course.

PUB 5438     Public and Non-Profit Strategic Management   (3.00 cr.)

This course will examine the “big picture” of how public and non-profit organizations are led and managed through Strategic Management. We will look at how organizations plan, conduct self-assessment, collaborate, and set a path for the future for success. This is among the fundamentals of public and non-profit organizations and in line with current management trends. This This course will examine the “big picture” of how public and non-profit organizations are led and managed through Strategic Management. We will look at how organizations plan, conduct self-assessment, collaborate, and set a path for the future for success. This is among the fundamentals of public and non-profit organizations and in line with current management trends. This course explores both the “art” and “science” behind Strategic Management. The most significant portion is Strategic Planning, the engine upon which Strategic Management is run. In Strategic Planning, the organization sets is vision, mission, goals, and objectives, in order to set Strategic Management into motion. This course will show how all aspects of an organization; budget, resources, personnel, stakeholders, services provided, and others; come together to formulate a clear progression to the future. Prerequisite: PUB 5409 or MGT 5105.

PUB 5439     Administrative Law and Ethics in the Public Sector   (3.00 cr.)

The course introduces students to the field of ethics and shows how ethical principles are applied to administrative agencies to ensure not only legal but also moral government decision-making. Administrative law is the body of law concerned with the actions of administrative agencies, frequently called the "4th branch of government" in the United States. The course thus examines how administrative agencies are created, how they exercise their powers, how they make laws and policy formally as well as informally, the laws that govern agency rulemaking and adjudications, especially the Administrative Procedure Act, Constitutional and other legal protections afforded against agency actions, and how agency actions are reviewed and remedied by the courts and legislative branch of government. The course also examines the intergovernmental relations and the political and practical constraints that influence administrative policy. Prerequisite: PUB 5409 or PUB 5450.

PUB 5449     Public Policy Analysis   (3.00 cr.)

Students develop a working knowledge of public-sector policy making and learn to analyze public policy problems in order to understand how public policy is formulated, decided upon, and implemented. Emphasis is on agenda setting, program design, and implementation. Prerequisite: PUB 5450 or PUB 5409.

PUB 5459     Managing Information and Technology in the Public Sector   (3.00 cr.)

Students gain an overview of the key issues and challenges involved in managing information flows, and their related technologies, strategically. The course emphasizes the development of students' analytical skills and the application of knowledge through problem solving exercises. Students are provided with tools and techniques for managing information as a resource and for using it to transform public sector organizations. Prerequisite: PUB 5409 or PUB 5450

PUB 5469     Public Finance   (3.00 cr.)

This course provides students with a hands-on approach to statistical methods and techniques used to analyze data of public organizations. Special emphasis is placed on how statistical findings are used by administrators for making decision regarding operations, programs and services.

PUB 5926     Public Budgeting   (3.00 cr.)

This course provides students with a hands-on approach to developing and managing public sector budgets. Special emphasis is placed on revenue and expenditure management and forecasting.

PUB 5932     Sustainable Community Development   (3.00 cr.)

Sustainability concerns for communities and regions deals with such things as financial resources and burdens on citizens as well as visitors in addition to changes in the environment resulting from e.g., climate change and industrial pollution. The capacity of any community or region to sustain growth must realize that growth creates demands on publicly provided services that have financial and environmental as well as social implications. The ability to sustain the population and local economies is also concerned with the integration of land-use planning and transportation alternatives for urban regions with considerations for density, mass-transit and zoning if communities are to be sustainable. Prerequisite: PUB 5409 or PUB 5450.

PUB 5945     Master of Public Administration Integrative Seminar   (3.00 cr.)

This course integrates core and elective course subject matter by requiring students to create a department or a subunit within a department to address an existing substantive program or service gap. The capstone project requires students to analyze the current organizational, human resources, and program structures of a department while developing the budget and organizational structure of the unit which will address existing the program or service gap. Prerequisites: (PUB 5409, PUB 5459, PUB 5926, PUB 5438, PUB 5449, PUB 5429, PUB 5469)

REE 5867     Geographic Information Systems   (3.00 cr.)

This course will cover the basics of GIS and how they apply to land use planning, real estate development, public service, and related issues/disciplines. This includes setup of GIS tasks and processes with mapping & visualization of demographic, economic, administrative, or real estate related information. It addresses the wide variety of issues and associated advantages as well as the benefits to users from various disciplines. Students will gain a fundamental understanding of GIS aiming on (mostly) web-based solutions. Students are tested in a 100% applied environment and create a GIS project (guided process, implementation, presentation) as final element utilizing ArcGIS online, Business Analyst Online, and ArcPRO.

REE 5878     Real Estate Development Process: Part I   (3.00 cr.)

Topics relating to site selection, regulatory approvals, market analysis, and financial feasibility in the real estate development process for a variety of property types. This course serves as an introduction to public sector and private sector collaboration and conflicts within the real estate development process.

REE 5882     Land Use Planning and Project Design   (3.00 cr.)

This studio-based course analyzes the role of planning and design in the development process as the key stage between acquisition and permitting, and its importance in the overall real estate development process. The ‘Site Planning’ course combines theory, art and science for arranging land uses and built environment to achieve their highest and best operational character and profitability; involving the efforts of architects, planners, designers, landscape architects, and others in a coordinated effort. This course is designed to facilitate an understanding of the importance of site planning with students interacting in teams and work on project solutions.

Fred Forgey

Fred Forgey, Ph.D.

Chair & Associate Professor of Public Administration and Real Estate Development
Pallavi Awasthi

Pallavi Awasthi, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Public Administration
Chase Gaiefsky

Chase Gaiefsky, M.S.R.E.D.

Adjunct Professor of Public Administration
Salomon Guajardo

Salomon Guajardo, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Public Administration
Megan Topham

Megan Topham, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Public Administration
Thomas Wuerzer

Thomas Wuerzer, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Public Administration and Real Estate Development

Mission of the MPA Advisory Board

The mission of the MPA Advisory Board for NSU Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship is to assist program faculty in achieving and maintaining a preeminent MPA program that effectively addresses the needs of local government. The board will achieve its mission through a membership of diverse individuals whose stature and accomplishments bring credit to the MPA program and who individually and collectively:

  1. Provide advice and counsel on strategy, potential issues and insights that could affect the program, curricula, events/initiatives, and external affairs;
  2. Engage in, assist, and support service learning, recruitment, and outreach efforts that enhance the program and student learning experiences;
  3. Provide insights to program faculty and staff on how to best support the MPA program for all stakeholder groups;
  4. Provide valuable contacts to faculty and staff for purposes of recruitment, program awareness, and/or providing experiential learning opportunities for students;
  5. Provide an opportunity for dialogue between the local public sector community and the program faculty regarding public administration education and research.

The members of the Board can effectively contribute to its mission only by becoming intimately familiar with the Department and the MPA program, including its leadership, faculty, staff, students, and programs. Thus, attendance and participation at meetings and support of initiatives (i.e. orientations, recruitment events, speaker series and discussion, etc.) are important commitments sought from members. 

Board Members

Patrick Cann, CPRP Leisure Services Director City of Wilton Manors
Alex Dambach, AICP Planning Supervisor City of Oakland Park
Tammie L. Hechler, MPA Director of Human Resources City of Hollywood
Chris Lagerbloom City Manager City of Fort Lauderdale
Anna Otiniano Financial Services Director City of Plantation
Daniel J. Stermer Mayor City of Weston
Denise Yoezle Public Works Director (retired) City of Cooper City
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