“The School upholds public service as a calling, embraces public administration as a necessity, and maintains that public-regarding citizens are essential to a healthy and sustainable society.”

— Dr. Peter Woolley

Admissions Information

This unique graduate school attracts outstanding students on four campuses in Canada; the U.K. and the U.S.A., and over 30 strategic off-site locations in New Jersey, with the goal of preparing you for substantial advancement in your public or non-profit career or to launch a new career in public service.

The School is a leader in reaching the working professional with part-time cohorts during evening and weekend hours, using in-person, online, and blended formats.

Our Students

Leaders of change.  With 5 graduate programs focused on the public and non-profit sectors, our students are headed for leadership that will drive change from the core.  They hold careers in the government, public policy, healthcare, education, diplomacy, security and emergency services, global transportation, non-governmental organizations, non-profit organizations – and so many others under the wide-reaching umbrella of the public and non-profit sectors.

The Working Professional.  Our students may be the professionals you are looking to connect with in the field.  A majority of our students work part or full time, bringing diverse backgrounds and expertise to the classroom for an exciting team-oriented exchange.

Global connections.  Our students join us in person or by Zoom from around the world – Afghanistan, China, Colombia, Congo, Dominican Republic, Ecuador,  Georgia, Ghana, India, Iraq, Lebanon, Nigeria, Timor Leste, Ukraine, Uganda, and more.  And they tie in from our international campuses in the USA, Canada and the United Kingdom for an FDU transatlantic exchange.

Security and First Responders.  Our students are committed to keeping you and your loved ones safe.  They come from the military and police, to emergency responders and homeland security.  SPGA is proud to support our veterans and first responders. 

  • Visit our Chief’s Circle to learn how our degrees helped build the outstanding careers of our alumni as police chiefs.
  • FDU is the 2021 recipient of the New Jersey’s Governor We Value Our Veterans Award. Read more about our FDU Veterans Services

Rising Diplomats.  FDU draws on its 70-year history with the United Nations to welcome the diplomatic corps as our esteemed students. They work in diplomacy and international relations at embassies, consulates, Missions to the United Nations, global ministries, international NGO’s, and homeland security.

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Our master’s programs prepare you to make an immediate impact in the workplace and excel within your industry. All courses are taught by expert faculty who hold advanced degrees and readily share their valuable practical knowledge. You may be eligible for advanced standing due to prior learning experiences, helping you earn your degree even more quickly and affordably.

The school offers multiple dimensions of professional and global education and research:

  • The Master of Science in Cyber and Homeland Security Administration (CHSA) is a fully online program for leadership in enforcing and ensuring cyber and homeland security.
  • The Master of Administrative Science (MAS) builds administrative and leadership skills for experienced working professionals in the private, government, and not-for-profit sectors.
  • The Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration (MHEA) is the professional degree to build career credentials in administrative support and student services in higher education.
  • The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is the internationally-recognized management degree for leadership in the public and non-profit sectors, whether on a global or local scale.
  • The Master of Arts in Global Affairs is offered primarily to consular and diplomatic staff from around the globe. Key professors include former United Nations Ambassadors and Consuls General and other outstanding professionals and academics who lead small, in-person classes primarily in consulates and missions to the United Nations.
  • Certificates: SPGA offers graduate certificates that are designed to meet the continuing educational and professional development needs of practitioners and students. Certificates are offered on-campus, online, and at off-site locations. They can be completed as an individual credential or incorporated into a related master’s degree for those meeting the program admission requirements. Certificates are six courses (18 credits). Students in any of the master’s programs are permitted to apply their courses towards one degree and also towards graduate certificate(s). We encourage students to incorporate a graduate certificate in their master’s study plan.

Earn impressive credentials

In each semester of study, our programs enable you to:

  • Participate in small, cohort-based seminars and field-based projects.
  • Work towards developing solutions for a variety of critical issues that are both global and local: municipal management, housing and homelessness, transportation and sustainability, global politics, and health care delivery.
  • Develop and execute research projects with accomplished mentors.
  • Collaborate on grant-funded projects from agencies, corporations, and non-profits.
  • Acquire experience in policy analysis with the goal of developing a portfolio of white papers and specializing in issues of your choice.
  • Identify opportunities for networking, internships, externships and job placement.

Reflecting trusted values

The School upholds public service as a calling, embraces public administration as a necessity, and maintains that public-regarding citizens are essential to a healthy and sustainable society.

We want our students to:

  • Shape the content of courses, pursuing their questions and their solutions.
  • Build relationships with colleagues in the classroom and outside.
  • Connect local solutions to global problems and global solutions to local ones.
  • Collaborate with constituents, stakeholders, and colleagues; identify, analyze, and test solutions.

We want our alumni to:

  • Listen to independent voices and look below the radar.
  • Identify and facilitate bottom-up solutions.
  • Both employ and extend FDU’s global viewpoint.
  • Advocate as individuals and team members in public, private, non-profit organizations and partnerships that consist of diverse talents and that seek diverse opportunities.
Our Promise
What to expect
  • As a student in SPGA, you create a customized degree that will allow you to take on leadership roles within your chosen profession by giving you the flexibility to choose classes that will hone your skills in everything from economics to political science, and policy analysis to public management. With more than 185 courses to choose from, the possibilities are limitless!

  • Learn from academic and industry faculty experienced who bring relevant and actionable insights into the classroom.

  • As part of our commitment to making education accessible, we offer our students affordable tuition. In addition, numerous financial aid options are available to help you pay for college, including scholarships, government grants and loans. GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program benefits are also available for eligible military veterans.

  • Earn your master’s degree online or take in-person courses in the evenings and on weekends at any of FDU’s more than 30 off-campus sites. In addition, you can take courses in any sequence and start the program during any our four terms. Our flexible structure means you can earn your master’s in less than two years.

  • From day one, dedicated academic and career advisors are available to help you reach your goals. You’ll benefit from one-on-one counseling and our advisors will help you select courses that match your goals and fit your busy schedule.

Contact Information
Christie Innes, Assistant to the Director, SPGA
Phone: 201 692 2741