Florida International University
School of International and Public Affairs
Ph.D. - Public Affairs, M.P.A. - Master of Public Administration;
Master of Science in Criminal Justice /Master of Public Administration Joint Degree Program;
Juris Doctor/Master of Public Administration Joint Degree Program
The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program requires a minimum of 42 credit hours. Students entering the MPA program with a Bachelor of Public Administration from a public university in the State of Florida will be waived from taking six elective credits. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA.
Students must have a Master's degree prior to program enrollment, though outstanding applicants may also be considered with only a baccalaureate degree. Admission is not restricted to students with prior course work in Public Administration and the Program encourages applicants with diverse academic backgrounds. An applicant is expected to have a GPA of 3.5 or better for all graduate course work and a combined score of 1120 on the GRE quantitative and verbal sections, with a minimum of 500 on each of these components. Students whose language of nurture is not English must achieve a minimum of 600 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Students must also demonstrate knowledge of American political institutions and fundamentals of social research methods and microcomputers.
The Department of Criminal Justice and the Department of Public Administration have a joint degree program culminating in both a Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) and a Master of Public Administration (MPA). The joint degree program prepares graduate students for overlapping careers in criminal justice and public management. It is intended to prepare students for positions in public, private, and nonprofit organizations that require both criminal justice and management knowledge. Under the joint degree program, a student can obtain both degrees in significantly less time than it would take to obtain both degrees if independently.
The faculties of the College of Law and the College of Arts and Sciences have approved a joint degree program culminating in both a Juris Doctor degree (JD), awarded by the College of Law, and a Master of Public Administration degree (MPA), awarded by the College of Arts and Sciences. Under the joint degree program, a student can obtain both degrees in significantly less time than it would take to obtain both degrees if pursued independently.
Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA)
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International Financial Aid Description: Financial Aid may be available to those who qualify. Applicants may apply by completing the Federal Application for Free Financial Aid (FAFSA). School FASFA Code: 009635
Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive
Loans Offered: Loans may be available. Applicants may apply by completing the Federal Application for Free Financial Aid (FAFSA). School FASFA Code: 009635
Locale: Large Suburb
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