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Public Administration

Public Administration (M.P.A.)

  • Public Leadership and Management Concentration
  • Environmental Policy and Planning Concentration

NASPAA Accredited

FGCU’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) is a professional degree program that prepares students for administrative positions in the public and not-for-profit sectors. It is designed for students who have significant in-service experience as well as for students who have little or no prior work experience in public or not-for-profit organizations. Most of the MPA courses are offered in an internet-based format, enabling many students to complete their degree online. Students can select from two degree concentrations: a Public Leadership and Management Concentration, or an Environmental Policy and Planning Concentration.

The mission of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree program in Florida Gulf Coast University’s Department of Political Science and Public Administration is to advance public service knowledge and practice. Dedicated to providing graduate education with a focus on state and local governance, the program aims to meet the career-oriented goals of both in-service and pre-service students. Through quality teaching, scholarship, and service, the program will enhance students’ skills in leadership and management, critical thinking, and communication.

FGCU’s MPA program is Southwest Florida’s only professionally accredited distance MPA program. Professional accreditation for MPA programs is awarded nationally by NASPAA, the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration. For a brief overview of why professional accreditation of MPA programs is beneficial for students, please refer to NASPAA’s statement on this at

For additional program information, please contact Dr. Margaret Banyan, MPA Graduate Program Coordinator and Associate Professor, at or (239) 590-7850,