The Master of Public Policy (MPP) at Pacific McGeorge School of Law prepares students to effectively analyze and design public policy. At McGeorge, MPP students:

  • Engage in the leading edge of public policy California is known for
  • Gain valuable work experience from required externships
  • Work with experience professors through Graduate Research Assistantship opportunities
  • Deepen your passion with a concentration tailored to your interests and expertise

Our 48-unit curriculum emphasizes a combination of rigorous academic exploration, sequenced development of professional competencies, and real-work application. MPP students also have the unique opportunity to take law courses within their area of concentration and gain legal training and skills that make McGeorge graduates stand out.

Courses emphasize the:

  • Foundations of public action based on statutes and regulations
  • Analysis, design, and implementation of public policies
  • Use of qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Competencies in strategic leadership and systematic change
  • Areas of concentration suited to your interests and expertise

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and students can enroll in Fall or Spring.

Course instruction takes place in the classroom unless otherwise noted. Program course offerings and schedule are subject to change. A total of 48 units are required. For full course descriptions, visit the course catalog page.

Analytical Tools (12 units)

  • Economic Concepts & Tools (PUB 221, hybrid, 3 units)
  • Finance for Public Policies (PUB 222, hybrid, 3 units)
  • Public Manager Analytics (PUB 233, 3 units)
  • Advanced Policy Analysis (PUB 234, 3 units)

Law (5 units)

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

Management and Leadership (10 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)

Public Policy (15 units)

  • Conflict, Complex, & Uncertain (PUB 211, 3 units)
  • Enhancing Societal Capacity (PUB 213, 3 units)
  • Budgets, Financial Management (PUB 214, 3 units)
  • Externship (PUB 291, 3 units)
  • Capstone (PUB 252, 3 units)

Electives (6 units)

MPP students are required to complete 6 units in selected concentration area. For Concentration course requirements visit the course catalog page.

  • Capital Policy Making
  • Environmental & Water Policy
  • Public & Non Profit Leadership

Graduates from the Master of Public Policy 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.

Year One

Fall Semester (12 Units)

  • PUB 233 – Public Manager Analytics (3)
  • LAW 212 – Introduction to Legal Analysis (2)
  • PUB 218 – Professional Skills (1)
  • PUB 211 – Conflicted, Complex, Uncertain (3)
  • B 221 – Economic Concepts & Tools (3)

Spring Semester (12 Units)

  • LAW 517 – Statutes and Regulations (3)
  • PUB 234 – Advanced Policy Analysis (3)
  • PUB 251 – Values, Roles & Skills (3)
  • PUB 291 – Externship (3)

Summer Semester (3 Units)

  • PUB 214 – Budgets, Financial Management (3)

Year Two

Fall Semester (12 Units)

  • PUB 241 – Leaders, Organization Behavior (3)
  • PUB 242 – Systemic Change (3)
  • Elective Course (3)
  • Elective Course (3)

Spring Semester (9 Units)

  • PUB 252 – Capstone (3)
  • PUB 213 – Enhancing Societal Capacity (3)
  • PUB 222 – Finance for Public Policy (3)

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

Year One

Fall Semester (6 Units)

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

Spring Semester (6 Units)

  • PUB 251 – Values, Roles & Skills (3)
  • PUB 211 – Conflicted, Complex, Uncertain (3)

Summer Semester (3 Units)

  • PUB 214 – Budgets, Financial Management (3)

Year Two

Fall Semester (6 Units)

  • PUB 233 – Public Manager Analytics (3)
  • PUB 241 – Leaders, Organization Behavior (3)

Spring Semester (6 Units)

  • PUB 234 – Advanced Policy Analysis (3)
  • PUB 291 – Externship

Summer Semester (3 Units)

  • LAW 517 – Statutes and Regulations (3)

Year Three

Fall Semester (9 Units)

  • PUB 234 – Systemic Change (3)
  • Elective Course (3)
  • Elective Course (3)

Spring Semester (9 Units)

  • PUB 213 – Enhancing Societal Capacity (3)
  • PUB 222 – Finance for Public Policies (3)
  • PUB 252 – Capstone (3)

2 Years Full-Time
3 Years Part-Time

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