The Master of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) at Cal Lutheran is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to public affairs education. This is a unique hybrid program designed to illuminate both sides of the work needed to create and manage public policy.

Quick Facts
Program Credits
  • 39 (13 courses)
Average Duration
  • 24-36 months
2017-18 Cost Locations
  • Thousand Oaks
  • Oxnard
  • On-campus courses
  • Full-time or part-time course load
Course Availability
  • Year-round in four 11-week terms during evenings
  • WSCUC (formerly WASC)


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Featured Course

MPPA 582-05
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 will 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.

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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 2012
City Manager, Hidden Hills