Master of Public Policy and Administration

Program Requirements

Core Courses

The following five core courses are required (15 units):

  • PA 550 - Research Methods (3)
  • PA 568 - Ethics in Public Policy and Administration (3)
  • PA 593 - Public Administration Theory (3)
  • PA 595 - Implementation and Analysis of Public Policy (3)
  • PA 598 - Law and Public Policy (3)

Electives

With the approval of the program director, you will choose eight courses (24 units) from the following list of electives:

  • PA 501 - Public Administration and Public Policy (3)
  • PA 502 - Public Policy Seminar (3)
  • PA 505 - Local Economic Development (3)
  • PA 507 - Strategic Planning (3)
  • PA 508 - Sacramento Institute (3)
  • PA 510 - Leadership (3)
  • PA 512 - Communication (3)
  • PA 554 - Public Budgeting and Finance (3)
  • BUS 554 - Communication for Management (3)
  • PA 556 - Inter-Governmental Relations (3)
  • BUS 558 - Organizational Dynamics (3)
  • BUS 559 - Leadership and Managerial Effectiveness (3)
  • PA 562 - Human Resource Management (3)
  • PA 565 - Organizational Theory and Development (3)
  • PA 570 - Civic Engagement (3)
  • PA 571 - Nonprofit Management (3)
  • PA 577 - Conflict and Negotiations (3)
  • BUS 581 - Management Concepts for Information Technology (3)
  • PA 582 - Selected Topics (3)
  • PA 596 - Urban Policy and Planning (3)
  • PA 590 - Independent Study (3)
  • PA 599A/B - Thesis or Project (3)

To complete the program, you will have the option to either write a thesis or complete a comprehensive examination. Students in the MPPA program are also eligible to take electives from other graduate programs.

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