banner USF Home College of Arts & Sciences OASIS myUSF USF A-Z Index

USF Home > College of Arts and Sciences > School of Public Affairs

USF Master of Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration Program at USF takes a multidisciplinary approach, preparing you for successful leadership roles and management careers in the public sector. Apply today!

Mission Statement

The USF Master of Public Administration program provides quality education to prepare leaders in public service. Housed within a university classified as both research intensive and community-engaged, it is the mission of the USF MPA program to provide a high-level, cutting edge curriculum alongside a rigorous public service experience to students, ranging from prospective candidates for entry level positions to seasoned public service professionals.

Our academic program is grounded in theory but rich in experiential opportunities, preparing students for excellence and leadership in public service. While our primary research and collaborative focus is within our West Central Florida region, we also study, and prepare students to work in state, national and international environments.

Reflecting the diversity of our region, our students and faculty represent a variety of professional, intellectual and cultural backgrounds and contribute to the development of a diverse academic and professional community. Our longstanding collaborations across all levels of government and the private and nonprofit sectors, and our commitment to the ethical application of theoretical knowledge to real-world problems, are among the programs’ many strengths.

Take the next step in your public sector career

With an MPA from USF, you can pursue a career in local, state, or federal government agencies, nonprofit organizations and special service districts. The degree also enables you to continue studying public affairs with doctoral programs, including the Doctorate in Public Administration or a Ph.D. in public policy and administration.

Real-World Applications

A cornerstone of the MPA curriculum is the internship program, where our students utilize their skills by working for governments and organizations in the Tampa Bay region. Students are carefully matched with sponsors, gaining experience in their intended specializations before graduating.

Your MPA, Your Way

Quick Links

Apply to USF
Admission Requirements
MPA Handbook
Program Curriculum
MPA Advising