Master of Public Administration (MPA)

FGCU’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) is a professional degree program that prepares students for administrative positions in the public and not-for-profit sectors. It is designed for students who have significant in-service experience as well as for students who have little or no prior work experience in public or not-for-profit organizations. All of the MPA courses are offered in an internet-based format, enabling many students to complete their degree online. Students can select from two degree concentrations: a Public Leadership and Management Concentration, or a Community Resilience Concentration.

The Public Administration program also has a Graduate Certificate in Local Government Management which is a 15-course curriculum designed to prepare students for local government management opportunities. Additionally, all 15 credits may be applied toward the MPA degree, if later, the student decides to earn their MPA. Details for the Certificate can be found at

The mission of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree program in Florida Gulf Coast University’s Department of Political Science and Public Administration is to advance public service knowledge and practice. Dedicated to providing graduate education with a focus on state and local governance, the program aims to meet the career-oriented goals of both in-service and pre-service students. Through quality teaching, scholarship, and service, the program will enhance students’ skills in leadership and management, critical thinking, and communication.

For additional program information and application forms, please contact Dr. Robert Lee, MPA Graduate Program Coordinator and Associate Professor, at or by calling 239-777-1013 (cell).

Meet the MPA Faculty & Staff

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  • Scheduling of MPA Courses

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  •  Distance Learning

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Department Contacts

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Program Coordinator MPA/Associate Professor Public Administration


  • Community Resilience Concentration
  • Public Leadership and Management Concentration
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  • Admissions Information

  • Program Requirements

  • Course Descriptions

  • Course Schedule

  • Learning Outcomes

  • Tuition, Fees, and Financial Assistance