Public organizations at the local, state and federal level need skilled, savvy leaders who make decisions and outline long-term strategies for success. Florida Tech's master of public administration degree is a flexible program that helps goal-oriented students – who may already be established professionals – aspire to leadership positions in governmental or nonprofit career paths. Individuals develop the skills and techniques they need to design, implement, manage and evaluate the policies, programs, and services provided by public agencies.
Teamwork, decision-making, communication, leadership, ethics and diversity are at the core of the master of public administration degree. Students also study ethical and sociological behavior within public organizations. Graduates most often find careers in public relations, politics, urban planning, consulting, foreign service and public management.
With admission to the master of public administration program, students are able to become a member of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), the largest and most well respected professional organization for public administration. Through the ASPA, students have access to public administration research, case studies and professional expertise.
The professors at Florida Tech are experts in their field with a wealth of experience working in public administration positions for federal, state and local government agencies. Bringing a lifetime of experience to the classroom, the professors provide students with insight that can be applied in the public sector.
Florida Tech's small class size in the master of public administration program allows students to not only receive specialized attention from professors, but the chance to build a peer network of fellow public administration professionals. Since many students are already building their careers, insight from colleagues who are also working in the field is an integral component of the public administration program.
The academic environment for a master of public administration degree is challenging. Students complete advanced coursework in pertinent business topics as well as a capstone research project that provides hands-on experience in addressing complex public administration issues. There are opportunities to be published in relevant magazines, publications or journals in public administration and to apply for internships.
Graduates from Florida Tech have the knowledge and skills needed to choose from a variety of career paths including careers as grant writers, transportation managers, policy analysts, consultants, politicians, consultants, foreign service officers, public managers and more. Florida Tech graduates have worked for local, state and federal government organizations, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), NASA, the Small Business Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Public Administration career paths include such jobs as public relations, politics, urban planning, consulting, foreign service, public management, operations managers, revenue and taxation and more.