The School of Public Administration (SPA) was founded in 1981. Our bachelor and master programs provide professional education for leadership and management by offering a broad-based core curriculum that covers the essentials of both leadership and management in social, economic, political, local, national, and increasingly international contexts.
We offer five degree programs: Ph.D. in Public Administration, Master of Public Administration, Master of Nonprofit Management, Bachelor of Public Management; and Bachelor of Public Safety Administration, with minors in Disaster Management, Nonprofit Management and Public Management.
The LeRoy Collins Public Ethics Academy (LCPEA) and the John Scott Dailey Florida Institute of Government (IOG) are both part of the School of Public Administration. Both the LCPEA and the IOG offer training and classes.
The SPA faculty is committed to providing students with opportunities to discover, apply, and disseminate knowledge, and to recognize life-long learning as the path to successful public service. The faculty is committed to providing an inclusive climate for learning that allows for the pursuit of academic excellence. This climate for learning includes mutual respect and concern for all students, openness to questions and risk taking, and a focus on excellence through engagement in active learning. Our pedagogy emphasizes the combination of theoretical foundations and practical applications in both individual and group settings. We strive to inspire research, scholarship, and creative activity, while continuously enriching the educational experience for all of our students.