Master of Public Policy and Administration

Shaping policy. Transforming lives.

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.

We’re open for business – now more than ever before! As the world is experiencing an unprecedented public health crisis, the School of Management at Cal Lutheran stays committed to providing the best educational experience that our students deserve. Our faculty and staff are working hard to prepare our students for the future. We have transitioned all of our courses to the best-quality virtual teaching and award-winning fully online course formats through the summer. As for the fall, our President, Dr. Chris Kimball, would like to share an important message that outlines our planning process. We invite you to read his letter and learn more about how we are preparing for the months ahead. We are here for our community - so stay in touch, keep your eye on the ball, join us at one of our virtual events, or contact us at


Quick Facts

Program Credits
  • 39 (13 courses)
Average Duration
  • 18-24 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
2020-21 Cost

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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 program is very practically based. It offers all the tools to prepare for a career in local government – resources, and connections through exposure to a wide variety of industry professionals.

Andrew Powers
City Manager, City of Thousand Oaks