Executive Master of Public Administration at I-75 @ Miramar

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  • Designed exclusively for experienced public and non-profit professionals and managers
  • Earn your EMPA degree in 12 months
  • Hybrid program with Saturday only face-to-face classes
  • Cohort environment
  • Classes are offered in Miramar
  • Spring Admissions Only

Program Highlights

The Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) track is designed for public service professionals in upper management, executive and senior management positions in state, local, regional and federal agencies as well as those in senior positions in non-profit agencies.

The EMPA provides an opportunity for senior and upper management public sector and non-profit employees to finish their degree in an expedited fashion over a 12 month period.

Consistent with the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration's (NASPAA) definition of executive education, the EMPA at FIU reaffirms that: “a typical Executive MPA student is a college graduate (any major) who has five to ten years of cumulative experience with public or non-profit organizations and at least three years of middle-to-upper level managerial experience”

  • Targeted: Only applicants with substantial public sector and/or non-profit experience are considered for this program. Students must have 5-10 years of experience in the public sectors. The EMPA meets the needs, and is designed to serve, experienced leaders such as directors, assistant directors, high-level technical staff, senior managers, and advisors.
  • Accessible: All courses are offered in a state-of-the-art FIU facility located in Miramar.
  • Reasonably-priced: The cost of the FIU EMPA makes it one of the most competitive programs – considering tuition cost and quality – both nationally and locally.
  • Quality MPA: The EMPA has the same curriculum and faculty as all other MPA tracks. The FIU MPA program was recently ranked among the top programs in the nation. As the only NASPAA-accredited MPA program and the highest ranked in the Miami-Dade region, the program promises to bring quality and prestige to the doorsteps of the region’s executives
  • Supportive Environment: The EMPA schedule is sensitive to the needs of the working executive. The EMPA has dedicated staff to help students with their needs. As a cohort track, EMPA students start together and finish the program together – allowing for a supportive environment and plenty of opportunities to network with other executives in the region.
  • Accelerated: Students start the EMPA track in the Spring semester, attend classes on Saturdays, and complete the program by the following Spring – finishing 36 graduate credits in 12 months.
  • Top-Quality Faculty: The FIU MPA Faculty is the largest in South Florida and is the only full-time public administration department in Miami-Dade County. The majority of the program’s courses are taught by full-time FIU Public Administration professors who are also top scholars in the field of public administration

Review the MPA Student Handbook to learn more about the program curriculum and requirements, departmental and university policies, and the resources available to MPA and EMPA students.

Degree Program Hours: 36 Credit Hours

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), the program requires a completion of 36 credit hours.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) program must:

  • Have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution;
  • Have five to ten years of cumulative experience with public or non-profit organizations and preferably one to three years of managerial and supervisory experience;
  • Submit three academic or professional letters of recommendation from faculty member at their undergraduate institution or from employment supervisors and;
  • Demonstrate graduate level writing competency by submitting an essay between 3 and 5 pages in length explaining how earning the Executive Master of Public Administration is consistent with long-term career goals. Students may also use this letter to discuss their passion for public issues or policies and to communicate to the admission reflect their potential to succeed in graduate school and;
  • Submit a GRE Score if their GPA in their last 60 credits of upper division coursework is less than 3.0 and;
  • Submit a current resume and;
  • Submit all above documents by the application deadline

How to Apply

In order to be officially considered for admission to the EMPA program, students must complete the following steps:

  • Submit an application online. Follow the link to start an application online via FIU Graduate Admissions;
  • Submit an application fee. A $30.00, non-refundable, application fee payable by check, money order, or credit card is required;
  • Submit official transcript/s. Transcripts of all degree granting institutions must be sent directly from each college or university either electronically or in a sealed envelope to the Graduate Admissions Office (Note: If your undergraduate degree was from FIU you don’t need to do this because your student records are accessible by computer from the Department);
  • Submit three letters of recommendation, resume, and essay to the Graduate Admissions Office;
  • Submit all above documents by the application deadline

Click here for a PDF of the Graduate Student – Admission Process Checklist

General Requirements

Students must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA. A grade of ‘C’ or better is required for every core course. Note: A ‘C-’ is not acceptable. The program reserves the right to withhold the awarding of credit for course work taken out of sequence and without appropriate prerequisites.

MPA Core Requirements: 9 Courses (27 Credits)

  • PAD 6053 Political, Social & Economic Context of Public Administration
    • (Note: This course must be taken in the first semester)
  • PAD 6417 Human Resources Management & Policy
  • PAD 6701 Quantitative Applications
  • PAD 6227 Public Finance & the Budgetary Process
  • PAD 6718 Smart Governance
  • PAD 6306 Policy Analysis & Program Planning
  • PAD 6726 Applied Research Methods for Accountability in Public and Non-Profit Organizations
    • (Prerequisite: PAD 6701)
  • PAD 6434 Leadership & Decision Making
  • PAD 6056 The Practice of Public Management
    • (Prerequisites: Completion of MPA Core or last semester of course work status)

Elective Courses: 3 courses (9 credits)

Students may specialize in Human Resources Management, Public Management, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Community Development, Comparative and International Public Administration, Urban Policy Innovations, or an Outside Field. NOTE: Students must have a “C” or better in all elective courses; a “C-“is not acceptable.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for the EMPA program (36 credits) is $32,000. This tuition includes FIU university fees and is subject to change.

Pursuing your EMPA is one of the best investments you can make – one that will open doors to personal and professional opportunities. Our tuition represents the best value in higher education.

Contact Us

Shaoming Cheng, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Public Administration &
Director, Master of Public Administration Program
Florida International University
Modesto A. Maidique Campus,
11200 S.W. 8th Street, 350A
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: Phone: 305-348-0432
Fax: 305-348-5848

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