MPA Admission Requirements

Graduates Spring 2016

FAU MPA program applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale for the final 60 credits of undergraduate study. Applicants who do not meet the 3.5 GPA requirement must submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores that are no more than five years old.

International applicants for whom English is a second language must score 550 (IBT 79-80) or higher on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A graduate of a college or university outside of the United States who has completed an academic program equivalent to an American bachelor’s degree may apply for admission to the MPA program. All international applicants whose transcripts are from non-U.S. institutions must have their credentials evaluated course by course, including the GPA, by a professional evaluation service. A service may be found at

All applicants must have successfully completed (C grade or better) an undergraduate statistics course before applying to the FAU MPA program, and all applicants must request an official transcript that verifies the completion of the undergraduate statistics course be submitted to FAU with the application.

All applicants must have three letters of recommendation submitted on their behalf. Letters from professors from the colleges/universities attended are preferred; where that is not feasible, letters from current or past work supervisors will be accepted.  The recommender must address the applicant’s ability to succeed at graduate-level academic work in public administration. (Do not include personal recommendations.)

The applicant must submit an essay about the her/his personal background, career aspirations in public service (including future career goals), and the reason(s) for pursuing graduate study in public administration. The essay should demonstrate graduate-level writing competency and should be written by the applicant. It should be at least three pages in length.

Admission is competitive. Applicants meeting the minimum university and/or program application requirements are not guaranteed admission to the program. All requested material must be submitted by the established deadline date (February 1 for summer admission, May 1 for fall admission, and October 1 for spring admission). Materials received after the established deadlines are not considered; therefore, make sure all application materials are in order before applying to the MPA program.

For any questions regarding the Master of Public Administration degree program, please contact Dr. Leslie Leip (Program Coordinator,

For questions about advising, please contact the College Advising Center at 561-297-2316.

Special Announcement

The School of Public Administration is pleased to announce the appointments of Dr. Alka Sapat as the coordinator of the Bachelor of Public Safety Administration program and Dr. Leslie Leip as the coordinator of the Master of Nonprofit Management program. Dr. Leip is continuing to serve as coordinator of the Master of Public Administration program. Congratulations and thanks to Drs. Sapat and Leip. We also thank Richard Mangan and Dr. Ron Nyhan for their years of service in those roles.

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