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Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.)

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree prepares professionals to capably manage public sector processes and effectively implement public policy decisions. Graduates will be ready to advance their careers in management and leadership positions in a wide range of public- focused organizations, including government agencies, non-profit and other nongovernmental organizations, private firms and advocacy groups. As the only MPA program offered by an ABA accredited law school in the nation, special attention is given to statutes, regulations, and strategic use of legal processes.

Questions?

Contact Distinguished Professor of Public Policy John J. Kirlin
Email | 916.520.7471

MPA Requirements

All core courses in four areas, including:
LAW
LAW 212Intro. to Legal Analysis2
LAW 517Statutes and Regulations3
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION/LEADERSHIP
PUB 251Values, Roles and Skills3
PUB 241Leaders, Organization Behavior3
PUB 242Systemic Change3
PUB 252Strategic Public Management4
PUBLIC POLICY
PUB 211Conflicted, Complex, Uncertain3
PUB 214Budgets, Financial Management3
PUB 212Choices in Policy Design3
ANALYTIC TOOLS
PUB 221Economic Concepts and Tools3
PUB 233Public Manager Analytics3


MPA Concentrations

Water Policy
LAW 230Water Resources Law2-3
Select 6 or more units of the following:6
Environmental Practice
Administrative Law
CA Enviro. Cases & Places
Environmental Law
Special Topics in Environmental Law
Natural Resources Law
Directed Research
Health Policy
LAW 570Health Law3
Select 6 or more units of the following:
Health Economics
Mental Health - Policy and Law
Administrative Law
Public Health Law
Affordable Care Act Seminar
Elder Law and Social Policy
Directed Research
Health Policy Choices
Environmental Policy
LAW 507Environmental Law3
Select 6 or more units of the following:
Administrative Law
CA Enviro. Cases & Places
Special Topics in Environmental Law
Natural Resources Law
Directed Research
Capital Policy Making - 10 units, all required courses
LAW 513California Lobbying & Politics2
LAW 576Intro to Capital Lawyering2
LAW 822Lawmaking in California2
LAW 853Legislative & Public Policy Clinic *4

*LAW 853 requires students to register for 2 units in each Fall & Spring.      

Policy Change, Institutional Reform, Sustainability - MPA ONLY
PUB 242Systemic Change3
Select 6 or more units of the following:
Administrative Law
Lawmaking in California
Enhancing Societal Capacity
Directed Research
Finance for Public Policies
Advanced Policy Analytics
Government Operations and Leadership
LAW 500Administrative Law3
Select 6 or more units of the following:
Contracts/Analytical Skills
Contracts
Local Agency Practice
California Lobbying & Politics
Land Use Planning
Negotiation and Settlements Seminar
Lawmaking in California
Negotiating Disputes Into Deals
Enhancing Societal Capacity
Directed Research
State Government
Local Government
Intersectoral Leadership
Non Profit Operations and Leadership
LAW 101Contracts/Analytical Skills4
Select 5 or more units of the following:
California Lobbying & Politics
Negotiation and Settlements Seminar
Lawmaking in California
Negotiating Disputes Into Deals
Enhancing Societal Capacity
Directed Research
Intersectoral Leadership
Foundations of Social Policy
Demography
Housing Policy
Poverty and Welfare Policy
Education Policy and Leadership
EDUC 280Education Law and Legal Processes3
Select 6 or more units of the following:
Seminar: Trends, Issues and Dynamics of Change
Seminar: Educational Policy Making and Politics
Administrative Law
Directed Research

Total Units: You must complete 36-40 units, depending on concentration chosen

Minimum GPA:  Your cumulative grade point average must be 3.00 or higher in those courses required for award of the MPA, MPA with concentration, or MPP.

Application for Graduation:  Students in the final semester of their degree program must complete the Application for Graduation form no later than the Add/Drop Deadline of that semester and return completed forms to the Office of the Registrar.

Questions?

Contact Distinguished Professor of Public Policy John J. Kirlin
Email | 916.520.7471

Learning Outcomes

1. Lead and manage in public governance

Habitually use feedback and own self-assessments to identify and further advance the skills needed to master various aspects of Governance--including the use of formal authority and competencies of governments, roles of non-profits and businesses, and citizen engagement--in a way that addresses the particular demographic, economic, and cultural factors that shape possible actions.

2. Participate in and contribute to the public policy process

Identify, describe, and proactively engage in activities congruent with establishing a suitable career that contributes to relevant to public policy processes, which may include working in government agencies, non-profit and other nongovernmental organizations, private sector firms, and advocacy groups that connect with public service organizations.

3. Analyze and synthesize information in support of complex decision-making

Independently select and use appropriate qualitative and quantitative analytic tools to support effective decisions in socially and managerially complex situations that require integrating competing perspectives of diverse stakeholders

4. Articulate and apply a public service perspective

Across a wide range of issues and public administration settings, articulate how institutions, policies and programs support achieving central values of democracy and the role of public service professionals in advancing those values.

5. Communicate and interact productively with diverse public stakeholders

Communicate and interact productively across public, private and nonprofit sectors, and with a wide variety of stakeholders, to solve problems.