Top Public Administration Degree Programs - Jacksonville, FL

Few schools in the Jacksonville, FL, area have public administration degree programs. Read on to find out more about what these top schools have to offer for public administration, as well as tuition and degree information.

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School and Ranking Information

There are a couple of schools within 100 miles of Jacksonville with degrees in public administration. These two schools are ranked below by regional rankings, school type, tuition rates and program offerings.

  • Winner: University of North Florida (UNF) in Jacksonville is the winning school due to its tuition rates, location, program level offerings and the number of awarded degrees in the field.
  • Runner Up: Although Flagler College, located in St. Augustine, has a higher graduation rate than UNF, it is ranked in second place because it awards fewer degrees in this field and has a higher tuition rate.

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Category University of North Florida Flagler College
Rankings #41 in Top Regional Universities - South (2013)*, #16 in Top Public Schools - South (2013)*, #149 in Top Graduate Public Affairs Schools (2012)* #11 in Top Regional Colleges - South (2013)*
Location Jacksonville, FL St. Augustine, FL (50.5 miles from Jacksonville)
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, private, not-for-profit
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $6,235 (in-state, undergraduate), $20,694 (out-of-state, undergraduate);
$10,144 (in-state, graduate), $21,302 (out-of-state, graduate)**
$15,340 (undergraduate)**
Public Administration Degree Levels Offered Bachelor's and master's degrees** Bachelor's degree**
Public Administration Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in (2011-2012) 135** 32**
Most Popular Public Administration Program (2011-2012) Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (109 awarded)** Bachelor of Science in Public Administration (32 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) for 2006 Entering Class 48%** 65%**
Noteworthy Home to Florida Blue Center for Ethics Offers Florida Resident Access Grant (FRAG)

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator.

Winner: University of North Florida

  • Operates Public Service Leadership Program, which offers internship programs and field trips
  • Study abroad programs available

The University of North Florida offers public administration degree programs through the Department of Political Science and Public Administration of its College of Arts and Sciences. The school offers a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in public administration/public policy. As one of four required elective courses, students may choose to serve an internship or participate in a field experience. Students in this program must minor in another area and also must fulfill a foreign language or foreign culture requirement. A 12-credit program leading to a post-baccalaureate certificate in nonprofit management is also available. Students are not required to be enrolled in any graduate program in order to apply.

The 42-credit program leading to a Master of Public Administration is designed for mid-level professionals. Nearly all classes are conducted during the evenings, and some are available online. Students may earn a general degree or concentrate in local government, nonprofit management, health management or public policy. An internship is required for students who are not currently working in the public sector. The necessity of an internship is determined by way of an interview with the program director.

The Public Service Leadership Program is open to qualified students and consists of an internship, participation in a model UN and a Real World Washington trip.

Runner-Up #1: Flagler College

  • Yearly enrollment in the public administration program is limited (only 41 new students admitted in 2013)
  • Has a Social Sciences Club and Political Guild

The college offers a degree-completion program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration. Though the program is generally restricted to individuals employed by government agencies, in law enforcement or in public safety, exceptions may be made for employees of nonprofit, social service agencies. Applicants must hold an associate's degree or have accumulated 60 credits in college-level courses. Classes are conducted in the evenings and on selected Saturdays. The program can be completed in five semesters.

FC's Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences also offers a traditional program resulting in a bachelor's degree in political science. This program can help students understand American politics and its institutions.

Flagler College participates in the Florida Resident Access Grant (FRAG) program. According to the college, FRAG pays 83% of tuition costs in 2013-2014 for students who are in-state residents. The percentage may change from year to year.

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