"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

This unique graduate school attracts outstanding students on four campuses Canada, the U.K. and the U.S. with the goal of preparing them for substantial advancement in their 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 in strategic off-campus locations during evening and weekend hours.  Online options are also available for degree acceleration.

The school offers three elements of professional education and research:

  • The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is the preferred management degree for leadership in the public and non-profit sectors, whether on a global or local scale;
  • The MA in Global Affairs is offered to consular and diplomatic staff (as well as to their spouses and dependents). They are part-time students from around the globe, from Argentina to Zambia. Key professors include former UN Ambassadors and Consuls General who lead small, in-person classes primarily in consulates and missions to the United Nations.
  • FDU Poll is the producer of the Fairleigh Dickinson University Poll which has an A rating from Nate Silver and FiveThirtyEight.com, putting it in the top 14 of the more than 380 polling organizations. Their research is widely reported by the New York TimesWashington Post, and The Wall Street Journal as well as national broadcast media. In addition, FDU Poll engages in research for corporate, non-profit, and government entities.

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.