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Degree Title

Hybrid EMPA

Apply by:

March 01

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 typically have five to ten years’ cumulative experience and many hold managerial and supervisory positions. It 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 PublicServiceDegrees.org; #9 in the nation by BestColleges.com; #12 in the nation by TheBestSchools.org; and #16 in the nation by BestMastersPrograms.org.

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

  • 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 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 Hybrid 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 of March 1.


    How to Apply

    Prospective applicants should contact Tatiana Webster, EMPA Program Coordinator at 305-348-9940; twebster@fiu.edu, before applications.

    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.

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36 Credits Required


$32,000 Tuition Cost


  • To apply for the Hybrid EMPA, please contact Tatiana Webster, Program Coordinator of the Hybrid EMPA at 305-348-9940, email twebster@fiu.edu; or Shaoming Cheng, Associate Professor and MPA Program Director at 305.348.0432, email: scheng@fiu.edu.

  • Designed exclusively for experienced public and nonprofit professionals and managers

  • 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