Master of Public Policy and Administration

The need for skilled leaders in public policy and administration has never been greater.

Our MPPA program is a unique hybrid designed to illuminate both sides of the work needed to create and manage public policy. You'll combine a big-picture understanding of the issues we face with techniques to create solutions and manage their implementation.

Quick Facts

Program Credits
  • 39 (13 courses)
Average Duration
  • 24-36 months
  • On-campus courses
  • Full-time or part-time course load
Course Availability
  • Year-round in four 11-week terms during evenings
  • Thousand Oaks
  • Oxnard
2018-19 Cost

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For public administrators who design and run our cities, ports, transportation systems, and more, the challenge is staying ahead of the curve to lead the way to the best future we can create together. Get ready to take the lead.

Featured Course

Sacramento Policy Institute: State Politics and Govt. (Spring Term)

This course, centered around a four-day State Capital seminar in Sacramento, provides a multi-perspective examination of policy development processes and pressures by way of first hand observation and interaction with the institutions and influences at work to develop state policy.

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Access to Public Leaders

You'll meet, interact and collaborate with influential California political figures, including:

  • State Senator Fran Pavley
  • State Assembly Member Jeff Gorell
  • State Assembly Member Jacqui Irwin
  • Former State Senator Tony Strickland
  • And many others!

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Faculty with Experience

The MPPA program is an interactive academic experience in classes that average fewer than 15 students.

You'll receive instruction and mentoring from faculty members with real-world expertise and accomplishments in the fields of labor relations, law, public policy, criminal justice, ethics, budgeting and finance, immigration policy, human resource management, health care, and more.

Meet our faculty

Cal Lutheran's presence in the Conejo Valley, western Los Angeles County, and Ventura County afforded me the opportunity to drill down on many local topics that I was currently working on, or affecting neighboring agencies. In addition, much like in my undergrad days the university’s small classes, and caring, hands-on professors are easily accessible and willing to meet one-on-one.

Kerry Kallman '12
City Manager, Hidden Hills