How To Apply (Step By Step)

  • Overview
  • Step 1
  • Step 2
  • Step 3
  • Step 4
  • Step 5

Program Overview

The School of Public Administration at Florida Atlantic University offers a graduate program leading to the Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree. The MPA is a professional degree for practitioners in the public sector or for those who plan to work solving public problems. The MPA consists of 42 semester hours, including 30 hours (10 courses) of core curriculum and 12 hours (4 courses) of elective courses. The FAU MPA is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).

Applying for the Master of Public Administration degree consists of 4 simple steps:

  1. Completing the Graduate Application
  2. Sending Your Official Transcripts
  3. Enclosing Application Fee
  4. Maintaing Contact With Us

If you are considering applying to FAU, we recommend reading through each of the steps, and the detailed explanation of each step before starting with the application process.

Once you have been accepted for admission into the university, it is strongly recommeded that you contact your academic advisor and faculty advisor to assist you before you register for classes. Contacts for this program can be found below.

Step 1: Complete the Application

You can submit your application online.

Note: All materials in the next few steps must be submitted together with your application.

Step 2: Send Your Transcripts

Request that two official transcripts from the Registrar of each college or university you have attended (except FAU) be sent directly to you.

When you receive the transcripts, do not open the envelopes, but include them unopened in your materials packet. If FAU was your last school attended and you were a degree-seeking student, it is likely that your transcripts are on record.You will be notified if they are not. Mail the official transcripts to

Florida Atlantic University
Graduate College, SU-80, Room 101
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, Florida 33431

For informatiion on transcripts for international students, please contact the Graduate Admissions office at 561-297-3624 or 1-800-299-4FAU.

Step 3: Submit Test Results

An international student is required to achieve a minimum score of 550 (CBT-213) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Applicants are encouraged to submit a 500-word writing sample, stating why obtaining the MPA is important to their career objectives.

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Step 4: Enclose Application Fee

The application fee of $30 must be in U.S. currency. Fee can be paid by credit card, check, or money order. Check or money order should be made payable to Florida Atlantic University and must be drawn on a U.S. bank; U.S. postal money orders, international money orders or U.S. traveler's checks are acceptable.

Step 5: Stay In Touch With Us

Place all documents together in one envelope and return to:

Florida Atlantic University, Graduate Admissions, SU 80, RM. 101
777 Glades Road
P.O. Box 3091
Boca Raton, FL 33431-0991

Staying in contact with the Admissions Office will help us serve your needs throughout the application and enrollment process. or call us:
Main telephone number: (561) 297-3040
Fax number: (561) 297-2758

For any questions regarding the Master of Public Administration degree program, please contact Leigh McFarland at 561-297-2316 or or Dr. Ali Farazmand - Program Coordinator, at ( You may also request more information by filling out the form found here. Someone will contact you within 48 hours.

Content Last Updated on: October 18, 2013
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