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MPP and MPA Programs

Florida State University, Reuben O’D. Askew School of Public Administration and Policy

Program Comparison Highlights

Institutional Structure: TO COME.

Curriculum Design: TO COME.

Professional Program Features: TO COME. 

Program Summary


University: Florida State University

Location: Tallahassee, Florida, USA

Degree: Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Marketing Approach: “The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is the primary professional degree for the practice of public administration. Public administrators are leaders in all types of government organizations as well as nonprofit organizations and some for-profit organizations, especially those that work closely with governments. Our graduates now work in all three types of organizations. Our students are about equally divided between those who are coming directly from undergraduate studies (pre-service students) and those with several years of work experience (in-service students). We welcome both groups and we strive to help them enhance their capacities to become effective public service professionals.” (At, accessed 16 June 2014.)

Degrees Awarded per Year: TBD

Academic Unit within University: Reuben O’D. Askew School of Public Administration and Policy

Related Academic Units and Degrees: The school offers an undergraduate major in Public Administration, several certificate and non-degree programs, as well as a doctoral program in Public Administration.

Posted Tuition: $23,486.68 for residents of Florida, and 54425.28 for non-residents of Florida (tuition and fees) (accessed 7 June 2014 from

Concentration/Curriculum Overview: The Askew School seeks to advise our students to choose the elective courses that seem best suited for their own individual expected career path. In our MPA Handbook we provide some career advice and lists of courses that are well suited to preparing for careers in seven different career paths: Local Government AdministrationPublic Financial ManagementLeadership and Strategic ManagementPolicy Analysis and Evaluation Methods; Managing Nonprofit Management; Emergency Management and Homeland Security; International and Non-Governmental Organizations.

MPA Degree Requirements

Summary: Requirements include completion of 8 required courses and 6 elective courses for a minimum of 14 one-semester course equivalents (42 semester hours). The Askew School seeks to advise students to choose the elective courses that seem best suited for their own individual expected career path. The MPA Handbook provides some career advice and lists of courses that are well suited to preparing for careers in seven different career paths. 

Required Courses (8 courses): PAD 5050 The Profession of Public Administration; PAD 5106 Public Organizations; PAD 5227 Public Financial Management; PAD 5035 Policy Development and Administration; PAD 5417 Human Resource Management; PAD 5700 Research Design in Public Administration; AD 5701 Quantitative Analysis in Public Administration; PAD 5946 Internship (for students with less than one-year full-time professional work experience).

Electives (6 courses) with combinations recommended for each of seven career paths: Local Government Administration; Public Financial Management; Leadership and Strategic Management; Policy Analysis and Evaluation Methods; Nonprofit Management; Emergency Management and Homeland Security; and International and Non-Governmental Organizations.

Duration: 2 years (including summer internship following the first year, if required).

Academic Prerequisite: Admission is considered on the basis of a resume, 2-page personal statement, prior transcripts, and GRE score. Successful applicants have achieved a 3.0 GPA on all upper-division work.

Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: 14 (42 semester hours)

Number of Required Courses: 8 (24 semester hours)

Number of Electives Typically Taken (difference between above two entries): 6 (18 semester hours)

Number of Electives Offered within Program: 

Comprehensive Examination: No.

Thesis Required: No.

Internship Required: Yes, if student possesses less than one year of full-time professional work experience (defined as a job requiring a BA and consuming approximately 2,000 work hours).

International Study Required: No.

Co-curricular Activities Supportive to Degree 

Professional Development and Career Support: A University career centre is available (, but no school-specific support appears available on the school’s website.

Student-run Journal: Not listed on website.

Applied Projects: Not listed on website.

Pro Bono Consulting: Not listed on website. 

Courses Offered: A schedule of courses currently available (along with applicable syllabi) is available at A listing of available elective courses that may count towards degree requirements is available at

Course Material Online: Many course syllabi are available online at

Instructional Distribution (PEACO Profile): The distribution of instruction offered, based on the course assignments to subjects in the Course Map below, weighted by estimated enrolment based on the number of elective sections offered and number of electives typically taken is displayed below. [See note on PEACO Algorithm.] 


I. Courses Required and Offered

a. Number of one-semester courses required for degree


b. Number of required courses


c. Number of elective courses taken (a - b)


d. Number of elective courses offered


e. Enrolment weight of elective courses (c/d)


II. Distribution of Courses (Enrolment-Adjusted) among Atlas

     Domains and Subjects

Tools and Skills


  - Strategy and Structure


  - Economic Analysis



  - Quantitative Methods and Management Sciences


  - Leadership, Communication, Professional Practice


Institutions and Context


  - Democratic Institutions and Policy Process


  - Ethics and Accountability


  - Social, Political, Global and Local Contexts


Management Functions


  - Public Financial Management


  - Evaluation and Performance Measurement


  - Other Management Functions


Policy Sectors


  - Fiscal, Monetary and Tax Policy


  - International Development


  - Health


  - Other Policy Sectors




III. Number of Courses in "NASPAA-required Subjects" taken by

      Typical Student in NASPAA Required Competency Domains

Lead and Manage in Public Governance


Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process


Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions


Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives


Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry


Total Course Equivalents taken in Required Competencies


IV. Ratio of Courses in "NASPAA-required Subjects" taken by

      Typical Student to Estimated Requirement for Competency

Lead and Manage in Public Governance


Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process


Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions


Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives


Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry


Ratio of Total Instruction in Competencies to Amount Needed


Source: Information available at (accessed 7 June 2014).

Page Created By: Dave Marshall on 7 June 2014 and updated by Ian Clark on 17 June 2014 and by Dave Marshall on 3 April 2015. Updating and editing may consist of substantive and/or formatting changes. Unless otherwise noted, however, information regarding a program's structure, curricular offerings and PEACO score is based on the program as it was on the date of page creation. The content presented on this page, except for the assignments of courses to Atlas subjects, the Instructional Distribution analysis, and the Commentary is drawn directly from the source(s) cited above, and consists of direct quotations or close paraphrases.


FSU Askew Course Map
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Please note that the Course Map below reflects course offerings for the Fall 2014 semester only, as FSU appears to remove course descriptions and syllabi not available for the current registration term. Where possible, syllabi (for the current - Summer 2015 - session are provided).

Analysis and Skills

 Policy and Management Analysis

  PAD 5035 Policy Development and Administration (R)
  PAD 5050 The Profession of Public Administration (R)
  PAD 6025 Theoretical Perspectives in Public Policy
  PAD 6705 Analytic Techniques for Public Administrators
  PAD 6721 Policy Analysis Research Seminar
  PUP 5006 Policy Implementation and Evaluation
  PUP 5007 Models of Public Policy-making
  PUP 5015 Comparative Public Policy

 Economic Analysis

  CPO 5740 Comparative Political Economy
  ECO 5005 Economic Principles for International Affairs
  ECO 5405 Introduction to Mathematical Economics
  ECO 5420 Basic Applied Econometrics
  ECS 5005 Seminar in Comparative Economic Systems
  INR 5036 International Political Economy

 Quantitative Methods

  PAD 5700 Research Design in Public Administration (R)
  PAD 5701 Quantitative Analysis in Public Administration (R)
  POS 5746 Quantitative Analysis in Political Science
  POS 5747 Advanced Quantitative Analysis in Political Science
  STA 5206 Analysis of Variance and Design of Experiments
  STA 5207 Applied Regression Methods
  STA 5225 Sample Surveys
  SYA 5406 Multivariate Analysis
  STA 5507 Applied Nonparametric Statistics
  SYA 5407 Advanced Quantitative Methods
  STA 5707 Applied Multivariate Analysis

 Analytic Methods

  ARE 5665 Managing the Arts Organization
  COM 5450 Introduction to Project Management
  ISM 5315 Project Management
  PAD 5xxx Managing the Nonprofit Organization
  PAD 6136 Seminar: Management Studies in Government

 Leadership Skills

  PAD 5335 Strategic Leadership for Communities

 Communication Skills

  POS 5276 Political Communication and Message Development
  MAR 5816 Marketing Strategy

 Professional Practice

  PAD 6908 Action Report (R)
  PAD 5946 Internship (R)

Institutions and Context

 Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

  PAD 5106 Public Organizations (R)
  PAD 6108 Institutions, Policy & Management
  PAD 6115 The Executive
  PUP 5005 Public Policy: Institutions and Processes

 Social and Political Context

  PAD 6109 Institutions and Society
  POS 5335 Political Research
  SYO 5335 Sociology of Political Economy

 Ethics, Rights and Accountability

  PAD 5041 Public Service Ethics

 Intergovernmental and Global Context

  INR 5012 Problems of Globalism
  PAD 5826 Intergovernmental Management and Relations

Management Functions

 Public Financial Management

  PAD 5227 Public Financial Management (R)
  PAD 5859 Managing Public Procurement
  PAD 6207 Financial Resources Administration
  PAD 6226 Public Budgeting Simulation and Issues
  ACG 5505 Government and Not-for-Profit Accounting and Auditing
  SOW 5376 Budgeting and Finances in Social Services
  PAD 5859 Managing Public Procurement

 Evaluation and Performance Measurement

  EDF 5464 Qualitative Methods for Program Evaluation
  PAD 5327 Public Program Evaluation

 Human Resource Management

  PAD 5417 Human Resource Management  (R)
  PAD 6107 Seminar: Public Organizational Development
  PAD 6418 Seminar: Human Resource Management

 Information Management and Technology

 Program and Service Delivery

 Regulatory Policy and Management

 Nonprofit Management and Advocacy

  PAD5xxx Managing the Nonprofit Organization
  PAD 5xxx Fund Development
  PAD 5xxx The Independent Sector
  PAD5xxx Fundraising and Fund Development
  PAD5xxx Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs)
  SOW 5282 Legislative Advocacy
  SOW 5455 Grant Writing and Grant Management

Policy Sectors

 Macroeconomic Policy

  ECO 5505 Public Finance

 International Development

  ECS 5015 Economic Development: Theory and Problems
  ECS 5335 Economies in Transition
  URP 5424 Sustainable Development Planning in the Americas
  URP 5544 Gender and Development
  URP 5611 Strategies for Urban/Regional Development in Less Developed Countries
  URP 5614 Population and Development Planning
  URP 5615 Infrastructure and Housing in Less Developed Countries
  URP 5616 Project Planning in Developing Countries

 Social Policy and Welfare


  PAD 5xxx Health Care Finance (temporarily offered as PAD5935)
  PAD 5846 Health Policy and Public Administration
  PUP 5607 Politics of Health Policy
  PAD 5846 Health Policy and Public Administration (MPH core requirement)
  PAD 5xxx Health Care Finance (MPH core requirement)
  PAD 5xxx Health Systems Policy and Management


  EDF 5625 Education and Economic Development
  EDH 6505 Finance in Higher Education

 Employment, Labour and Immigration

 Cities, Urban and Regional Development

  ECP 5606 Urban and Regional Economics
  PAD 5xxx Local Government Administration
  PAD 6300 Governmental Administration in Florida
  URP 5101 Planning Theory and Practice
  URP 5122 Planning Dispute Resolution
  URP 5540 State and Local Economic Development
  URP 5743 Neighborhood Planning
  URP 5610 Introduction to Development Planning
  URP 5847 Growth and Development of Cities
  URP 6846. Seminar in Urban Theory

 Environment and Sustainability

  GEO 5358 Environmental Conflict and Economic Development
  URP 5427 Environmental Legislation and Policy

 Agriculture and Resources

 Science, Technology and Innovation

 Industry, Trade and Investment

 Energy, Transport and Infrastructure

  URP 5731 The Planning of Community Infrastructure

 Defence, Security and Foreign Relations

  PAD 5373 Emergency Management Leadership and Communications
  PAD 5376 Intro to Terrorism
  PAD 5397 Foundations in Emergency Management
  PAD 5377 Advanced Topics in Terrorism
  PAD 5378 Disaster Systems
  PAD 5398 Emergency Management Programs, Planning and Policy
  PAD 5835 International Comparative Disaster Management
  PAD 5935 Public Health and Emergency Management
  PAD 5935 Homeland Security
  PAD 5935 Disaster Dollars: The Financing of Emergency Management Recovery
  PAD 5935 Emergency Management Studio
  PAD 5935 International Terrorism Policy
  PAD 5935 NGO's and Disasters
  PAD 5xxx International Comparative Emergency Management

 Policing and Justice Administration

 Arts and Culture

  ARE 5865 Arts Administration in the Public Sector

 Financial Markets

 Other Policy Sectors

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