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Degree Title

Hybrid EMPA

Apply by:

April 19

To begin:

May 10


The FIU Hybrid Executive Master of Public Administration (Hybrid EMPA) is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). It is designed for public service professionals with extensive experience in local, regional, state and federal agencies as well as in nonprofit organizations. Applicants are required to have five to ten years’ cumulative experience. Many applicants even hold managerial and supervisory positions. FIU's program serves professionals who aspire to become successful public leaders and are dedicated to public service, social good and justice, and civic engagement.

The Hybrid EMPA offers innovative and effective education to public and nonprofit professionals and leaders no matter where they are, literally. It integrates state of the art online instruction and face-to-face, in-person academic residencies to deliver a hybrid, accelerated, and cohorted learning experience that can fit anyone’s schedule. Three academic residencies, one per semester typically lasting two to four days, provide opportunities for cohort bonding, networking, peer support, visits to public agencies, and experiential learning. Three academic residencies are scheduled for Miami, Tallahassee, and Washington D.C., for local, state, and federal public administration and policy making. Travel schedules may be subject to change in light of public health and/or natural disaster emergencies. Hotel lodging of all academic residencies is included in the Hybrid EMPA tuition.    

The Hybrid EMPA offers an accelerated, lockstep curriculum driven by NASPAA competencies. Students start in the Summer semester, attend classes online and participate in planned in-person academic residencies, and complete the program by the following Spring – finishing 36 graduate credits (12 courses) in three semesters in a period of 12 months. All courses are taught by full-time faculty and experienced public leaders and practitioners. 

The Hybrid EMPA schedule is sensitive to the needs of working professionals. It has dedicated staff to help students with their needs. Within a cohort, lockstep program, Hybrid EMPA students start together and finish the program together – allowing for a peer supportive environment and plenty of opportunities to network. 

FIU MPA and its constituent modalities are nationally recognized: 

  • U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks FIU MPA the highest in South Florida in its Best Public Affairs Program ranking, top three in the State of Florida, and top six in the nation among Hispanic Serving Institutions. 

  • The Fully Online MPA is ranked at #1 in the nation by; #9 in the nation by; #12 in the nation by; and #16 in the nation by

  • The Executive MPA is ranked at #15 in the nation by

  • Why Apply?

    FIU is a Carnegie R1 Very High Research institution, a Hispanic Serving Institution, and a Carnegie Engaged University. It is the largest university in South Florida, with over 58,000 enrolled students in Fall 2019, and 85 percent of its student enrollment are minorities or students of color[1]. FIU is ranked No. 1 in the nation in awarding bachelor's and master's degrees to Hispanic students. It is also ranked No. 12 in the nation in Top Performers on Social Mobility by the U.S. News & World Report, because of its efforts and success in advancing social mobility of economically disadvantaged, minority students.

    The Department of Public Policy and Administration is the premier FIU academic unit to provide individuals preparing for, or advancing in, careers in public affairs, public administration, and public policy with the skills and values necessary to be effective and thoughtful leaders, managers, analysts, and citizens. The Department houses the Bachelor of Public Policy and Service (BPPS), Master of Public Administration (MPA), and Ph.D. in Public Affairs. FIU BPPS has been ranked at No. 1 nationwide, two years in a row by among Accredited Online Bachelor's in Public Policy and Administration Programs. FIU MPA has been ranked at No. 6 nationwide by the U.S. News & World Report among graduate public affairs programs in Hispanic Serving Institutions. Through these nationally first-rated programs, The Department provides outstanding yet accessible education opportunities to predominately minority communities and serving traditionally underprivileged yet highly aspired student leaders. 

    The Hybrid EMPA relies on online teaching and can be completed in 12 months. The Hybrid EMPA also offers in-person academic residences, which enable cohort bonding, networking and experiential learning. It provides a quality, relevant, affordable, and convenient executive education opportunity nationally and internationally. The Hybrid EMPA builds on the strengths, experience and success of FIU’s existing fully online MPA and executive MPA tracks. FIU’s Online MPA is ranked at No. 1 in the nation by and the Executive MPA is ranked at No. 15 in the nation by

    Professionals often pursue the EMPA degree to advance their careers in public service and leadership because it is open to all undergraduate disciplines and individuals with five to 10 years of professional experience. The EMPA curricula, rooted in equity, diversity and inclusion, provides the tools to build civic engagement, programs and policies needed to empower minority and disadvantaged residents and further social good. Many EMPA graduates are leaders within our communities managing the most relevant issues of our time such as equitable and inclusive governance and engagement, economic development, municipal management, public budgeting, affordable housing, public transportation, police-community relations, smart cities, public policy analytics, and community sustainability and resilience.




    [1] FIU serves a diverse community of students: 61% Hispanic, 15% White Non-Hispanic, 13% Black, 4% Asian or Pacific Islander, and 7% other minority groups.

  • Courses

    Tentative Hybrid EMPA Schedule*, 2021-2022

    Note: *Course schedules and residence travel dates are subject to change.

              **In-person academic residences are required. One or more residences may be waived in extraordinary circumstances. Scheduling conflicts and/or time pressures are NOT extraordinary circumstances.


    Summer 2021

    In-person residence required: Miami - Travel dates: May 7-9, 2021.

    PAD6437: Dynamics of Individual Growth

    This course focuses on the importance of small group theory to the personal growth of the administrator, and the role of interpersonal abilities in effectively serving client groups. The course also deals with the expansion of the phenomenological world view of each student; and will look at existential theory and the dilemma of personal growth. 

    PAD6053: Political, Social and Economic Context of Public Administration

    Examines the context in which public organizations operate, stressing the relationship between such organizations and their multifaceted environment. Emphasis is on examining relevant social and cultural mores and patterns, political values and processes, governmental institutions, economic systems, resource availability, and other environmental factors currently significant to public organizations.

    PAD6417: Human Resource Policy and Management

    The course focuses on the role of the personnel manager and how the manager performs tasks connected to human resources development, policy and management in public and nonprofit organizations. 

    PAD6227: Public Finance and the Budgetary Process

    Examines the theory and practice of public budgeting and its relationship to the administrative processes of control, management and planning. Special emphasis will be given to the social balance question; the kinds and scope of government expenditures; the fiscal role of government in a mixed economy; sources of revenue available to government; administrative, political and institutional aspects of the budget and the budgetary process; and problems and trends in intergovernmental financial relations. 

    PAD6718: Smart Governance

    Examines smart governance systems that use cyber technologies for organizational management and delivery of public services. It explores innovative designs for achieving democratic values effectively.


    Fall 2021

    In-person residence required: Tallahassee - Travel dates: late Oct 2021, FSU football away game week.

    PAD6726: Applied Research Methods for Accountability in Public and Nonprofit Organizations

    Tools, methods, and concepts employed to reengineer public and nonprofit agencies and to design performance indicators needed to enhance customer satisfaction and strategic service delivery.

    PAD6807: Urban and Municipal Government Administration

    Detailed examination of problems facing the municipal administrator; of the pressures upon the contemporary urban environment; and of the administration of large metropolitan areas comprised of numerous entities. Emphasis will be on determination of current trends, discussion of cases, and arrival at suggested solutions.

    PAD6701: Quantitative Methods in Public Administration

    An intensive introduction to statistical and forecasting tools appropriate for public, nonprofit, and health professionals. 

    PAD6306: Policy Analysis

    This course presents techniques and tools for the practice of policy analysis in public, nonprofit, and health organizations, with emphasis on constructing policy analysis useful to decisionmakers.


    Spring 2022

    In-person residence required: Washington, D.C. - Travel dates: Feb 21-24, 2022.

    PAD6056: The Practice of Public Management

    This capstone course for the MPA Program will deploy skills, concepts, and knowledge acquired in previous course work in analytic exercises related to students’ areas of specialization. 

    PAD5460: Performance Management

    Provides knowledge and skills regarding the work with measures and data to improve organizational performance.

    PAD6434: Leadership and Decision-making

    Readings and case studies examine how effective leaders in the public and non-profit sectors make decisions in fluid and challenging environments.

  • Requirements

    Application Requirements

    Applicants to the Hybrid Executive Master of Public Administration 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 your 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 Hybrid Executive Master of Public Administration is consistent with long-term career goals. Students may also use this letter to discuss your passion for public issues or policies and to communicate to the admission reflect your potential to succeed in graduate school and;

    • Submit a GRE Score if your GPA in your last 60 credits of upper division coursework is less than 3.0 and;

    • Submit a current resume. 

    How to Apply

    In order to be officially considered for admission to the Hybrid 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 transcripts. 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 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

  • Tuition and Aid

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

    The total cost of the Hybrid Executive Master of Public Administration is $32,000. Tuition includes all FIU fees and hotel lodging of all academic residencies. Students pay for courses at the beginning of each semester. All fees are subject to change.

  • Top Faculty

    Full-time MPA faculty are internationally and nationally recognized scholars in their respective fields. Many are/were holding leadership positions in national and international professional associations, such as, the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), Association for Budgeting and Financial Management (ABFM), and International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA). For faculty’s research expertise and experience, please visit our website,

    The MPA program takes pride in its part-time, adjunct faculty. They are established practitioners and leaders in local and regional governments and nonprofit organizations. They provide invaluable best practices and successful practitioner experience of public administration and policy innovations. To know more about their careers and achievements, please visit our website,

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36 Credits Required

$32,000 Tuition Cost


  • Designed exclusively for experienced public and nonprofit professionals and managers with a minimum of 5-10 years of professional experience

  • NASPAA accredited

  • Accelerated, lockstep curriculum driven by NASPAA competencies

  • Completion in three semesters in a period of 12 months

  • Competitively priced locally and nationally

  • Cohort and supportive environment

  • Engaged and internationally renowned faculty and practitioners

  • Graduates are prepared to lead at a higher level

  • Networking opportunities with established public and nonprofit leaders

  • Connect with the EMPA alumni network

  • Open to all undergraduate disciplines


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