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NSU’s Master of Public Administration Program Earns NASPAA Accreditation

DeSantis Building

The DeSantis Building – Home of NSU’s M.P.A. Program

FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. –Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship (HCBE) has announced that the college’s Master of Public Administration Program has received accreditation by the NASPAA Commission on Peer Review & Accreditation and is listed on the Annual Roster of Accredited Programs in conformity with NASPAA standards. NASPAA is considered the global standard in public service education.

“This clearly demonstrates that our M.P.A. program ranks among the best in the world,” said J. Preston Jones, D.B.A., dean of NSU’s Huizenga Business College. “NSU’s investment in a strong team of experienced, public administration professors has helped us achieve this goal.”

Forty years ago, the university began offering this field of study at its Center for the Study of Administration. Today, Jack Pinkowski, Ph.D., associate professor, serves as the chair of the Public Administration program and the M.S. in Real Estate Development program.  M.P.A. full-time faculty includes:  James Agbodzakey, Ph.D., Ryan Miller, Ph.D., Terrell Manyak, Ph.D., and John Carroll, Ph.D.

NSU’s M.P.A. program is the only one offered by a private, non-profit university in the state of Florida to have earned this accreditation.

“It’s truly a milestone for our team, but more importantly, for our students who have this top-notch resource to further their careers in public administration,”  said Dr. Pinkowski, who was named the Public Administration Educator of the Year in 2013 by the American Society for Public Administration’s South Florida chapter.

NSU’s Master of Public Administration Program develops students’ skills to lead public and community agencies, as well as to understand the social, economic, and political context in which public decisions are made. Just as the M.B.A. prepares students for management positions in business firms, the M.P.A. is often a requirement for senior administrators in governments and non-profits, as well as private organizations that do business with the government. NSU’s M.P.A. program offers practicing managers the opportunity to pursue their graduate education on Saturdays while working fulltime during the week. Classes are also available online. In addition, the Huizenga College has just introduced  a bachelor’s degree in public administration that can be completed as a dual degree (BS/MPA) leading to completing two degrees with reduced total credit hours.

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About the H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship:Serving more than 4,000 students, NSU’s H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in areas such as accounting, finance, human resource management, public administration, supply chain management and more. The college is housed in the five-story state-of-the-art Carl DeSantis Building on NSU’s main campus in Fort Lauderdale-Davie, Florida. Programs are also available at multiple locations and online. For more information, please visit:


About Nova Southeastern University:   Located in beautiful Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is a dynamic research institution dedicated to providing high-quality educational programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and first-professional degree levels. A private, not-for-profit institution with more than 24,000 students, NSU has campuses in Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Miramar, Orlando, Palm Beach, and Tampa, Florida, as well as San Juan, Puerto Rico, while maintaining a presence online globally. For more than 50 years, NSU has been awarding degrees in a wide range of fields, while fostering groundbreaking research and an impactful commitment to community. Classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, NSU is 1 of only 37 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification, and is also the largest private, not-for-profit institution in the United States that meets the U.S. Department of Education’s criteria as a Hispanic-serving Institution. For more information, please


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