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Master of Public Administration

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(954) 262-5067
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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.

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 5438 Public and Non-Profit Strategic Management  
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
PUB 5945 MPA Integrative Seminar (Capstone)
REE 5867 Geographic Information Systems
REE 5878 Real Estate Development Process: Part I
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 examines the role of public administration and non-profit organizations in a democratic society. Students examine the cultural and intellectual evolution of the field, the theories, forces, and people that drive the public sector and the specific management techniques used to implement public policy. Special emphasis is placed upon the application of organizational theory and organizational behavior concepts in the public and non-profit contexts.

PUB 5429     Public Sector Statistical Analysis   (3.00 cr.)

Students gain an overview of commonly applied statistical methods in public administration including confidence intervals, t-tests for means and proportions, ANOVA, and non-parametric tests. The emphasis is on practical use of statistics to analyze real-world data and performance criteria. Prerequisite: PUB 5409 or PUB 5450.

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 focuses on the economics of the public sector. It delineates the goods and services provided by government and how they are funded. It deals with the public goods and their characteristics. It explores income redistribution. The efficiency, equity and incentive effects of taxation are studied. Multilevel government relations and finances are examined. Prerequisite: PUB 5409 or PUB 5450.

PUB 5926     Public Budgeting   (3.00 cr.)

The process of developing, implementing, and monitoring a public budget is a complex one. The public budget is also the central vehicle for carrying out the public policy agenda. Public budgeting is highly technical and structured, as well as politically charged and controversial. Public budgeting involves leadership and management, contributes to public policy, and includes decision-making that touches legal, ethical, and diversity frameworks. This course examines the theoretical and practical applications of public budgeting. Students will analyze and critique an actual budget, followed by assembling and presenting their own budget recommendations. Prerequisite: PUB 5409 or PUB 5450

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 5941     Public Administration Internship   (3.00 cr.)

Students without public sector work experience will undertake an Internship. The purpose of which is to be able to: 1. Perform specific job functions in the field of choice under supervision; 2. Apply specific academic knowledge, skills and values to tasks in the work setting; 3. Apply a successful strategy for achieving professional/personal goals. Students will formulate specific goals for their Internship in consultation with a faculty advisor and will complete a formal performance appraisal by both the academic advisor and the employer supervisor according to required interim and final written reports and papers. Prerequisite: (PUB 5409 OR PUB 5450) AND (PUB 5419 OR PUB 5465) AND (PUB 5429 OR PUB 5477) AND (PUB 5439 OR PUB 5461) AND (PUB 5449 OR PUB 5480) AND (PUB 5459 OR PUB 5451) AND (PUB 5469 or PUB 5472).

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

The M.P.A. Integrative Project focuses on the knowledge, skills, and abilities that define a competent public or non-profit sector manager. A central theme of the course is the roles, responsibilities, and outlooks of the manager today and the competing influences in public decision-making under fragmented authority that result in public sector management as the art of compromise. Through role-playing in the various roles of elected officials or professional administrators, students will conduct a city council meeting to experience the actual administration of the political agenda. Pre-requisites: (PUB 5409 OR PUB 5450) AND (PUB 5419 OR PUB 5465) AND (PUB 5439 OR PUB 5461) AND (PUB 5449 OR PUB 5480) AND (PUB 5469 or PUB 5472).

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 and related issues/disciplines. This includes setup of GIS tasks and processes with mapping & visualization of demographic, economic, or real estate related information. It addresses the wide variety of issues and advantages associated with GIS and the benefits to the user. Students will gain a fundamental understanding of GIS aiming on desktop and web based solutions. Students are tested in a 100% applied environment and create their own GIS project (own idea, guided process, implementation, presentation) as final element in this course via ArcMap and/or with ArcGIS online/ Business Analyst Online.

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

This course focuses on to the remaining stages of the real estate development process. Course materials, lectures, and cases provide a comprehensive examination of the nature and current state of the development process including advanced pro forma analysis, land development, land use regulation, dealing with the public sector and the community interests, planning and design, construction management, and the life cycle of projects.

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

This course examines 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. This course is designed to facilitate an understanding of the importance of site planning and product design. Project planning and design combines art and science for arranging uses of parcels of land to achieve their highest and best operational character and profitability. These disciplines involve the efforts of architects, planners, designers, landscape architects, and others in a coordinated effort.

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

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