School of Public and Global Affairs

About the School

This unique graduate school attracts outstanding students from Canada, the U.K. and the U.S. with the goal of preparing them for substantial advancement in their public or non-profit career or to launch a new career in public service. At its 2018 founding, the school offers three elements of education and service:

  • The Master of Public Administration is the preferred degree for those who want to lead governmental organizations, quasi-governmental agencies, and non-profits, whether on a global or local scale.
  • The M.A. in Global Affairs is offered to consular and diplomatic staff (as well as to their spouses and dependents). They are part-time students from around the globe, from Argentina to Zambia. Key professors include former UN Ambassadors and Consuls General who lead small, in-person classes.
  • PublicMind is the producer of the Fairleigh Dickinson University Poll which has an A rating from Nate Silver and, putting it in the top 14 of the more than 380 polling organizations. Their research is widely reported by the New York Times, Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal as well as national broadcast media. In addition, PublicMind engages in research for corporate, non-profit, and government entities.

Earning impressive credentials

In each semester of study, our programs enable students to:

  • Participate in small, cohort based seminars and field-based projects
  • Work towards developing solutions for a variety of critical issues that are both global and local: national security and terrorism, illegal and parallel markets, housing and homelessness, transportation and sustainability, substance abuse and health care delivery
  • Develop and execute research projects with accomplished mentors
  • Collaborate on contract work from agencies, corporations and non-profits
  • Acquire experience in policy analysis with the goal of developing a portfolio of white papers and specializing in issues of their choice
  • Identify opportunities for networking, internships, externships and job placement

Reflecting trusted values

The School upholds public service as a calling, embraces public administration as a necessity, and maintains that public-regarding citizens are essential to a healthy and sustainable society.

We want our students to:

  • Shape the content of courses, pursuing their questions and their solutions.
  • Build relationships with colleagues in the classroom and outside.
  • Connect local solutions to global problems and global solutions to local ones.
  • Collaborate with constituents, stakeholders and colleagues; identify, analyze and test solutions.

We want our alumni to:

  • Listen to independent voices and look below the radar.
  • Identify and facilitate bottom-up solutions.
  • Both employ and extend FDU's global viewpoint
  • Advocate as individuals and team members in public, private, non-profit organizations and partnerships that consist of diverse talents and that seek diverse opportunities.