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Public Policy Programs


The Master of Public Administration (MPA) prepares professionals for successful careers in management and leadership positions and as advocates for change in making and implementing public policies. The 30-unit core curriculum emphasizes the foundations of public action based in statutes and regulations, value clarity, strategic leadership, analytical skills, and systemic change. Students may also elect an additional 6-12 units for a concentration as a basis for launching a career or developing expertise in a field of their interest.


The McGeorge Master of Public Policy Program (MPP) is a two-year full-time degree program. Students are required to complete 48 units of interdisciplinary courses to earn the degree. Year One curriculum includes seven required courses and an externship. In the fall semester of year one, students will receive limited tuition waiver support to participate as research assistants analyzing features or California water and health policy arenas. During the summer after Year One, students will participate in a required internship with a policy focus. Year Two features six required courses, three elective courses in concentration areas such as water, health and sustainability, and an internship.


Contact Distinguished Professor of Public Policy John J. Kirlin
Email | 916.340.6192