Masters of Public Administration

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Masters of Public Administration

The Graduate Program in Public Administration at Flagler College provides comprehensive training and professional development to prepare and support public administrators and related fields. Earning your Master in Public Administration (MPA) online can mean a better job, a higher salary, new connections, and more service to your community.


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Earn Your Master of Public Administration Online

An online Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from Florida's Flagler College prepares you to lead and manage public and nonprofit agencies. It also prepares you to work in private sector areas where you will often interact with the government. 

Our program faculty will help you understand governance while you learn in a diverse, changing environment. That enables you to give back to your community as a visionary and collaborative leader.

The best part? Flagler offers most of the coursework online.

Why A Master's Degree from Flagler College?

Flagler offers an experience that stands out from other Master of Public Administration programs. Here's why.

You Can Get Your Degree in a Year

Flagler College offers a fixed schedule with classes that are offered at least annually. That lets you finish your degree in just a year or at a pace that best suits your lifestyle.

You do most of your work online, which gives you more flexibility in balancing work, family, and schoolwork.

A Master of Public Administration Can Mean a Better Salary

Your advanced degree will qualify you for more management roles. State, local, and federal government managers earned a mean salary of $115,670 in 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). 

Those working in business and financial operations management earned a mean of $83,420, according to the BLS

You'll Enjoy Online and Face-To-Face Instruction

At Flagler, we believe that all education should be personal. That includes online education.

You'll start and end your program on the Flagler College campus in the heart of St. Augustine's charming downtown. You will learn online in between, but you'll have plenty of chances for one-on-one with your instructors.

You Become Part of a Professional Community

Flagler's MPA professors teach more than theory. They are leaders and experts in their respective industries. You'll also make connections with them and others in your program.

You'll find yourself surrounded by classmates from diverse professional backgrounds. They come from fields such as healthcare, education, nonprofit management, law enforcement, and all levels of government.

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Why Public Administration?

Our Master of Public Administration offers courses to help you advance your career within your organization or dive into a new job in government and organizational leadership.

Ready to Learn More?

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Here are answers to common questions about the MPA.

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Meet our Faculty

Our faculty will teach, challenge, and inspire you. Find out who your next mentor might be.

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Podcast: Breaking Eggs

In this episode of the Breaking Eggs podcast, Dr. Wayne Riggs explores Flagler College's Master of Public Administration program. Through interviews with faculty and students, Dr. Riggs highlights the program's unique curriculum and its impact on shaping future public service leaders. Tune in to learn how Flagler College is leading innovation in public administration.

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Why Flagler?

Our program is created especially for working professionals. You will do nearly all of your work online, making it easier to learn while working and parenting. You'll always know when a course will be offered, unlike other institutions. That way, you'll be able to graduate on time.

And, as a Flagler student, you'll also become part of a thriving alumni network that stretches across the country.

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Formal Complaint Process

Students wishing to submit a complaint or grievance regarding their participation in the graduate program should contact Laura Stevenson, Assistant to the President, at If the student is dissatisfied with the result, the student has the right to appeal the College's decision within the institution. If the student is not satisfied with the institutional decision, the student may appeal the complaint to:

Department of Education

Office of Articulation



If the student is still not satisfied with the outcome of the complaint, they may appeal non-academic complaints to the FL-SARA Council ( once they have exhausted all complaint procedures at Flagler College and with the State agency.