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College of Social Sciences & Public Policy

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Online Public Administration Program Approved For Fall Enrollment

The Askew School of Public Administration and Policy has received university approval to offer an online Master of Public Administration (MPA) program beginning with the fall 2019 semester.

The online MPA has the same requirements as the on-campus MPA as detailed in the Askew School’s MPA Handbook. The program offers career tracks in several fields, including Local Government Management, Financial Management, Evidence-Based Governance, Emergency Management, Nonprofit Management, and Leadership and Strategic Management. As with the on-campus program, the online MPA program is fully accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).

The MPA, which can be completed in two years or less, requires 42 hours of coursework and three hours of internship, which may be waived by work experience. There are competitive funding opportunities for eligible students who apply early for the program.

The Askew School’s MPA is one of the most versatile master’s degrees, preparing graduates to become managers or analysts at all levels of government – local, state, federal, and international – and in domestic nonprofit organizations, international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and for-profit businesses that work closely with governments. Students can expect to learn a wide range of analytical, communication, and leadership skills that are essential to leading modern organizations.

Having the degree available online makes it more accessible, in line with FSU’s commitment to excellence, affordability, access, and diversity.

According to the Council of Graduate Studies (2018), public administration graduate student enrollment is very diverse, with the largest share of underrepresented minorities. In fall 2017, the first-time enrollment in public administration was 15.3% for Hispanic/Latino and 18.8% for African American. Moreover, public administration had the largest increase in first-time enrollments (9.2%) for international students between fall 2016 and fall 2017. This diversity in student population is reflected in the MPA program at FSU and a commitment of the university at large.

According to the GoGrad’s Military Veteran’s Graduate Guide (2018), a master’s degree in public policy is one of the most in-demand degrees for veterans. The online degree gives current military members and veterans flexibility and convenience, and it pairs well with the leadership and analytical problem-solving skills they amassed from the military. Y

In spring 2019, US News & World Report ranked the Askew School in the Top 25 for Best Public Affairs Programs and #8 in Local Government Management. (Full story and rankings here.

For more information about the online MPA or any of the Askew School’s degree programs, contact Christina Havlicek at cmh10e@fsu.edu or (850) 644-3060.