Master of Public Administration (MPA)

This is the management degree for career advancement in

  • Government
  • Healthcare
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • 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 traditional program is offered at both FDU's Florham and Metropolitan Campuses. Classes are on weeknights and follow the semester system. We also offer the MPA to special populations off-campus at specific locations when enrollment warrants.
  • Our project-based MPA will begin in September 2018, taking place on weekends where you and your cohort are asked to resolve problems, map solutions and collaborate on research. In addition, the project-based MPA integrates accomplished practitioners with accomplished academics to give you the best of both worlds.


  • Anthony Adrignolo, M.S.O.R., Professor of Global Transportation Studies
  • Jeff Angermeyer, M.A., Ed.S., Adjunct Professor of Public Administration
  • Ulrike Berzau, MM, MHS, PT, FACHE, Adjunct Professor of Public Administration
  • Brenda Blackmon, M.P.A., Adjunct Professor of Public Administration
  • Barbara Camacho, J.D., Adjunct Professor of Public Administration
  • Sherry Liu, M.P.A., Clinical Lecturer of Public Administration
  • Chimezie Ozurumba, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Public Administration
  • William Roberts, Ph.D., MPA Program Director


Global affairs

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

Global transportation management (at select off-site locations)

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 cuts across a variety of subject matter to assess problems and devise solutions.

Dual degree option: MPA and Pharm.D

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.

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. This course may be taken after completion of 27 credits, including the core curriculum.
  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 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. Students with weak backgrounds in government, communication skills, statistics, or other critical areas may be required to take additional work beyond the 39-credit minimum.

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

  • Written communication: Demonstrates recognition and appreciation of the importance of effective communication abilities in public administration. Communicates concepts clearly, precisely, and professionally.
  • Ethics: Demonstrates an understanding and appreciation of the implications of the ethical dimensions of public administration. Identifies the critical social and environmental effect of ethical decisions. Proposes ethical solutions to various administrative issues. Conveys an appreciation of the consequences of ethical decisions and actions.
  • International understanding: Demonstrates an understanding and appreciation of the aspects and implications of public administration in an international context. Demonstration a full perspective of and respect for the international community and its issues. Relates an understanding of diverse systems of administration. Evaluates the societal and environmental effect of the same.
  • Management: Demonstrates an understanding of the issue of management in public administration and in the public arena and its relationship to both governmental and cultural issues. Demonstrates an understanding and appreciation of the effect and implication of management on the same. Demonstrates an ability to be a competent, qualified, ethical manager in public administrative roles.
  • Critical thinking: Analyzes issues of public administration. Applies and implements such to actual scenarios and situations. Reviews, analyzes, and integrates facts and data and effective application of the same.

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