Master of Public Administration (MPA)

This is the management degree for career advancement in

  • Government
  • Healthcare Management
  • Nonprofit Leadership
  • Public Policy
  • Education

At the School of Public and Global Affairs, we think public service is a calling, public administration is a necessity, and public-regarding citizens are essential to a healthy society. As a member of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), we seek to provide well-educated leaders for public and nonprofit agencies and to improve the knowledge and credentials of administrators already employed in these organizations.

About the degree

The 39-credit curriculum is designed to provide graduates with conceptual, analytic, and managerial skills for dealing with a variety of public service administration situations.

Students can choose between our traditional or project-based program. In both programs, curricula are designed to provide graduates with the conceptual, analytic and managerial skills for mastering public services administration.

  • Our project-based MPA emphasizes group-work, problem-solving and building a portfolio of accomplishment. It integrates accomplished practitioners with accomplished academics to give you the best of both worlds. Many of these courses take place on weekends where you and your cohort are asked to work together and to compete to offer policy recommendations, map solutions and collaborate on research.
  • Our traditional program is offered at both FDU's Florham and Metropolitan Campuses. Classes are on weeknights and follow the semester system.
  • We offer the MPA to defined cohorts at off-campus locations including Newark Airport, Jersey City and Neptune, NJ.

Scholarships

A number of scholarships are available to incoming students. Please inquire about these in the admissions process.

Faculty

  • Anthony Adrignolo, MSOR, Professor of Global Transportation Studies
  • Jeff Angermeyer, MA, EdS, Adjunct Professor of Public Administration
  • Wolfgang Albrecht, MPA, MEd, Adjunct Professor of Public Administration
  • Ulrike Berzau, MM, MHS, PT, FACHE, Adjunct Professor of Public Administration
  • Brenda Blackmon, MPA, Adjunct Professor of Public Administration
  • Barbara Camacho, JD, Adjunct Professor of Public Administration
  • Madelyn Ferrans, JD, Adjunct Professor of Public Administration
  • William Jackson, Sr., MPA, Adjunct Professor of Public Administration
  • Paulette Laubsch, DPA, CPM, Professor of Public Administration and Academic Coordinator, MPA Program
  • Jeremy Levine, MA, MBA, Adjunct Professor of Public Administration
  • Michelle Lewis, MPA, Adjunct Professor of Public Administration
  • Chimezie Ozurumba, PhD, Associate Professor of Public Administration
  • Rowan Pradgat, MS Healthcare Management, Adjunct Professor of Public Administration
  • William Roberts, PhD, Professor of History
  • Rhudell Snelling, MPA, Assistant Director for Off-Campus Programs and Adjunct Professor of Public Administration
  • Gregory Washington, MPA, Assistant Director for Off-Campus Programs and Adjunct Professor of Public Administration
  • Peter J. Woolley, PhD, Founding Director, School of Public and Global Affairs
  • David Zatz, PhD, Adjunct Professor of Public Administration

Specializations

Global affairs

Examines administrative structures, policy and management issues in the arena of international relations, stressing comparative analysis, leadership and cultural perspectives.

Global transportation management (at Newark Airport)

This specialization focuses on the background, administrative structure and issues, environmental components and operational aspects in the context of international transportation and commerce.

Healthcare management

Offering courses that, in combination with the MPA core curriculum, meet the accreditation standards of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration, students investigate a range of topics from Managing the Continuum of Care and Global Health Issues to Comparative Health Systems and Health Finance and Control Systems.

Public management

Students choosing this specialization take a broad range of management studies from Employee Relations and Delivery of Public Services to Organizational Performance Assessment.

Public policy

Leaders are called on to analyze, evaluate and devise policy for others to implement. This specialization emphasizes project-based learning and cuts across a variety of subject matter to assess problems and devise solutions.

MPA and PharmD, a Dual degree option

Students enrolled in the University's Doctor of Pharmacy program can enhance their career trajectory by mastering non-profit and public sector administration. Pharm.D students can complete the MPA with a specialization in healthcare management and graduate on time with both degrees.

Four + One Program in Public Administration

Enrolled or enrolling as an undergraduate? Students can complete both the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Administration in five years if they meet the MPA admission requirements by their junior year.

Degree requirements

The MPA degree is granted for a minimum of 39 credits, of which at least 30 credits must be taken at Fairleigh Dickinson University. The 39-credit total must contain:

  1. Twenty-one credits of required foundation courses:
  2. Electives: The MPA elective course offerings are designed to offer students the opportunity to pursue in-depth study in public management and health services administration.
  3. PADM6801 Seminar in Strategic Management or
    PADM6802 Strategic Health Services Management Seminar. Either course may be taken after completion of 27 credits.
  4. An accepted MPA Project Report (3 credits) or MPA Thesis (3 credits).
  5. A cumulative grade point ratio of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) is required for graduation. Students who receive more than two grades of C or lower will be dismissed from the program.
  6. In addition to the 39-credit requirement indicated, an internship (3 credits) is required for students having little background in public or non-profit service. Students will be informed of their need to complete an internship upon admission to the program.
  7. Students are required to meet with their assigned academic adviser each semester to assess overall academic performance and plan for their next semester's program of study.

Admission requirements

The credentials required for admission to the Master of Public Administration degree program as a matriculated student include the following:

  1. A graduate application for admission and non-refundable application fee.
  2. A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative grade point ratio (CGPR) of 2.70. Applicants with a CGPR of less than 2.70 may be admitted as matriculated students on probation.
  3. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended. Applicants who are unable to provide official documents at the time of enrollment may register as non-matriculated students with a graduate faculty adviser.

Four Plus One program in public administration

Are you enrolled or enrolling as an undergraduate? Students can complete both the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Administration in five years if they meet the MPA admission requirements by their junior year.

Learning outcomes

  • Communication — A SPGA graduate will demonstrate the ability to prepare and deliver effective oral presentations and or write documents that present and evaluate information and opinion in a logical and analytical manner, incorporating research and documentation, and using style, grammar, mechanics, and format appropriate to an educated audience.
  • Critical Thinking — A SPGA graduate will demonstrate competency in critical thinking that encompasses dimensions of informal logic and ethical analysis. Students are expected to be open-minded and rational, as they use information based on evidence.
  • Information Literacy — A SPGA graduate will demonstrate the ability to carry out thorough and effective information search strategies using traditional print, digital, and internet sources, evaluate information accessed, and use this information along with existing knowledge to create something new. This includes the ability to know that there is a need for information to resolve an issue; being able to identify and locate that information; and effectively use the information to resolve the issue.
  • Strategic Orientation — A SPGA graduate will demonstrate the ability to develop, implement, coordinate, and/or manage a plan through a collaborative process. This will require them to understand the big picture and develop goals and objectives as well as action steps to reach that vision.

Course descriptions