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NASPAA Accreditation Information

NASPA COPRA

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.

We reflect the public service values that follow in our mission, and emphasize them in our academic program and practice. Our values are consistent with those of the University.

Public service: serving public interests by contributing to the field through public administration projects by providing business, management, and cross-discipline know-how to resolve public sector problems.

Accountability: determining and communicating optional and optimal courses of action by applying leading edge leadership, management, strategic, best practice, and analytical models and methods to public organizational issues.

Integrity and ethical decision making: applying the professional ethics code and additional relevant principles and frameworks to promote trust, fairness, and representativeness, and to help guide objective decision-making.

Diversity: applying diversity frameworks to organizational challenges to help utilize multiple perspectives, to promote opportunities for all, and to avoid discrimination. This allows us to work effectively in the public sector environment.

Engagement: relating effectively with participants to add value; e.g., faculty designing learning experiences to enhance student achievement of learning outcomes, the College of Business supporting faculty for professional development, and the PA Group supporting professional community activities.

Innovation: using teaching, research, scholarship and service creatively and effectively to benefit education and the academic, professional, and public sector community.

Upon successful completion of the Master of Public Administration degree program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Determine optional/optimal courses of action to public sector challenges.
  2. Contribute to the policy process.
  3. Apply leadership management, strategic, decision-making, and continuous improvement values, principles and best practices to public sector organizational situations.
  4. Apply legal, ethical and diversity frameworks to organizational challenges in public sector organizations.
  5. Analyze public sector organizations using financial/economic, statistical and technological models.
  6. Contribute to the field through public administration projects.
  7. Communicate effectively (interpersonally, in writing and verbally) in the public sector organizational context.

The purpose of assessing student achievement of the Master of Public Administration's (M.P.A.) Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) is to continually enhance the quality of our program. This also assists us in fulfilling our relevant goals and objectives consistent with University, College and accrediting body standards. The 2013-2014 results are below.

On November 17, 2014, the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) acknowledged our Self Study Report and recommended that we proceed with a Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA) Site Visit to evaluate our alignment with their standards.

One of NASPAA's standards states that we develop "competencies related to our mission, public service values and the abilities to:

  • lead and manage in public governance;
  • participate in and contribute to the policy process;
  • analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems and make decisions;
  • articulate and apply a public service perspective; and
  • communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry."

Please use the legend below with the following graphs. The graphs show how the results of the Assessment of the M.P.A. Program Learning Outcomes Results align with NASPAA's five key abilities.

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M.P.A. Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Upon successful completion of the Master of Public Administration Program, graduates will be able to:
PLO 1 Determine optional/optimal courses of action to public sector challenges.
PLO 2 Contribute to the policy process.
PLO 3 Apply (a) leadership / management, (b) strategic / decision-making, and (c) continuous improvement values, principles and best practices to public sector situations.
PLO 4a Apply legal frameworks to organizational challenges in public sector organizations.
PLO 4bc Apply ethical and diversity frameworks to organizational challenges in public sector organizations.
PLO 5 Analyze public sector organizations using (a) financial/economic, (b) statistical and (c) technological models.
PLO 6 Contribute to the field through public administration projects.
PLO 7a Communicate effectively interpersonally in the public sector organizational context.
PLO 7b Communicate effectively in writing in the public sector organizational context.
PLO 7c Communicate effectively verbally in the public sector organizational context.
Additional Measures from Specific Courses
PUB 5409 Public Administration Theory and Application, evaluate ~ PA values
PUB 5922 Emergency Management in the Public Sector, innovation ~ policy decisions
PUB 5403a M.P.A. Integrative Capstone, recommend optimal solution
PUB 5403b M.P.A. Integrative Capstone, demonstrate transparency


Universal Competency 1
Universal Competency 2
Universal Competency 3
Universal Competency 4
Universal Competency 5

As of fall 2018, there are 100 students enrolled in M.P.A. coursework at NSU.

The five-year completion rate for the class entering Fall of 2012 is 51.5%.

MPA Employment figures

*Data based on a response rate of 65.7%.

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