The Master of Public Administration (MPA) at Pacific McGeorge School of Law prepares students to capably manage the public sector processes and effectively implement public policy decisions.

Graduates will be ready to advance their careers or start a career in management and leadership positions in a wide range of public-focused organizations including:

  • Government agencies
  • International/Multilateral organizations
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Public Interest/Advocacy
  • Consulting

As the only MPA program offered by an accredited law school in California, special attention is given to statutes, regulations, and strategic use of legal processes. The 30-unit core curriculum is built around student engagement in spirited policy discussions with faculty, while learning about innovative management approaches form experience professionals. Courses emphasize:

  • Foundations of public action based in statutes and regulations
  • Importance of values for public action
  • Competencies in strategic leadership and systemic change
  • Analytical skills required for public management
  • Analysis, design, and implementation of public policies

Students may also choose to pursue a concentration consisting of two or more courses taken in addition to the 30-unit core curriculum. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and students can enroll in Fall or Spring semester.

The curriculum totals 30 units. Course instruction takes place in the classroom unless otherwise noted. Program course offerings and schedule are subject to change. For full course descriptions, visit the course catalog page.

Analytical Tools (6 units)

  • Economic Concepts & Tools (PUB 221, hybrid, 3 units)
  • Public Manager Analytics (PUB 233, 3 units)

Law (5 units)

  • Intro to Legal Analysis (LAW 212, 2 units)
  • Statutes & Regulations (LAW 517, 3 units)

Management and Leadership (13 units)

  • Professional Skills (PUB 218, 1 unit)
  • Leaders, Organization Behavior (PUB 241, 3 units)
  • Systemic Change (PUB 242, 3 units)
  • Values, Roles & Skills (PUB 251, 3 units)
  • Capstone (PUB 252, 3 units)

Public Policy (6 units)

  • Conflict, Complex, & Uncertain (PUB 211, 3 units)
  • Budgets, Financial Management (PUB 214, 3 units)

MPA students must complete an additional 6 units to earn a concentration. For Concentration course requirements, visit the course catalog page.

  • Capital Policy Making
  • Environmental & Water Policy
  • Policy Change, Institutional Reform, Sustainability
  • Public & Non Profit Leadership

Graduates from the Master of Public Administration program will be able to:

  • Lead and manage in public governance.
  • Participate in and contribute to the public policy process.
  • Analyze and synthesize information in support of complex decision making.
  • Articulate and apply a public service perspective.
  • Communicate and interact productively with diverse public stakeholders.

Students can enroll in Spring or Fall. Course sequence examples reflect Fall start.

Fall Semester (9 Units)

  • PUB 251 – Values, Roles & Skills (3)
  • LAW 212 – Introduction to Legal Analysis (2)
  • PUB 218 – Professional Skills (1)
  • PUB 221 – Economic Concepts & Tools (3)

Spring Semester (9 Units)

  • PUB 233 – Public Manager Analytics (3)
  • PUB 211 – Conflicted, Complex, Uncertain (3)
  • PUB 241 – Leaders, Organization Behavior (3)

Summer Semester (9 Units)

  • PUB 214 – Budgets, Financial Management (3)

Fall Semester (9 Units)

  • PUB 252 – Capstone (3)
  • LAW 517 – Statutes and Regulations (3)
  • PUB 242 – Systemic Change (3)

Students can enroll in Spring or Fall. Course sequence examples reflect Fall start.

Year One

Fall Semester (6 Units)

  • PUB 251 – Values, Roles & Skills (3)
  • LAW 212 – Introduction to Legal Analysis (2)
  • PUB 218 – Professional Skills (1)

Spring Semester (6 Units)

  • PUB 221 – Economic Concepts & Tools (3)
  • PUB 241 – Leaders, Organization Behavior (3)

Summer Semester (3 Units)

  • LAW 517 – Statutes and Regulations (3)

Year Two

Fall Semester (6 Units)

  • PUB 233 – Public Manager Analytics (3)
  • PUB 242 – Systemic Change (3)

Spring Semester (6 Units)

  • PUB 252 – Capstone (3)
  • PUB 211 – Conflicted, Complex, Uncertain (3)

Summer Semester (3 Units)

  • PUB 214 – Budgets, Financial Management (3)

1 Year Full-Time
2 Years Part-Time

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