MELBOURNE, FLA.—Florida Institute of Technology’s Extended Studies Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree program was recently ranked 13th in the country by TheBestSchools.org. The program was judged based the types of courses offered, the strength of the faculty, other rankings, awards and overall reputation.
Florida Tech’s online MPA degree program is comparable to a master's in business administration, but focuses more on preparing students for leadership positions in private and public agencies such as nonprofits and governmental organizations. Some of what students learn in the program includes job order and process costs; financial planning and management; forecasting; supply and demand; macroeconomics; and methods of collecting, analyzing and interpreting data for managerial decision making. Courses in the MPA degree program include:
• Managerial accounting
• Public finance
• Introductory managerial statistics
• Organizational behavior
• Information systems
• Seminar in research methodology
• Public administration and management
• Public program policy evaluation
• Basic economics
An MPA degree can lead to several career paths, including city manager, county executive, financial manager, international finance, research analyst and policy expert. Graduates from Florida Techs' master of public administration program have been hired to work for local, state and federal government and nonprofit organizations including the EPA, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, NASA, the Small Business Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
TheBestSchools.org is an independent organization with no ties to any other educational institution, and with extensive experience in teaching, research and publishing at the university level. To learn more, visit http://www.thebestschools.org/blog/2013/04/17/20-online-master-public-administration-mpa-degree-programs/.