The McGeorge School of Law Master of Public Administration (MPA) is a 30-unit program (with an optional 6-12 units in an area of concentration). Areas of concentration allow students to customize their degree based on their interests and career goals. To offer maximum flexibility, students may begin their MPA studies in either the fall or spring semesters.
The McGeorge School of Law Master of Public Policy (MPP) is a 48-unit program, with a deeply experiential focus, including a required area of concentration, and placement in an externship and internship within the first year. Please note that some concentration courses may only be available during daytime hours, and applicants considering the MPP will be expected to accommodate these courses. Graduate assistant research positions are also available to ensure students are offered every opportunity to develop their competencies with real-world issues and agencies. University of the Pacific also offers an option to obtain a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Political Science in combination with a Master of Public Policy.
Faculty bring to the classroom decades of experience in strategic leadership roles, either advising or managing public institutions. Classes are designed to promote student-faculty engagement as well as student-student collaboration. Coursework is based on the skills needed to be an effective policy professional. This includes: issue identification and analysis, data collection and presentation, organizational leadership, and professional communication.