Master's Degree in Public Administration
Spring 2015 - For PRIORITY consideration the deadline for all departmental documents will be 10/30/14 at 6:00 pm.
- For SPACE AVAILABLE consideration the deadline for all departmental documents will be 02/02/15 at 6:00 pm.
Note: The department evaluates completed admission applications as they are received. Applicants who meet all of the admission criteria and submit all application materials early in the application process will have a higher likelihood of admission.
The Department of Public Administration offers a program of study leading to the degree of Master of Public Administration. Options are available in both professional and academic areas. The program is designed to assist full and part-time students in preparing for professional careers in positions of administrative leadership in public and quasi-public organizations, for teaching positions in the community colleges, and for advanced doctoral studies in public administration. The MPA Program is offered at the Hayward Hills campus.
Graduate courses are offered Monday through Thursday evenings and some Saturdays to meet the needs of working adults. All degree option areas are available at the Hayward Hills campus.
The Department focuses on expanding the meaning of public administration in government agencies and non-profit and community organizations. Overall, emphasis is placed upon developing in its graduates sensitivities to a wide variety of human, social, and organizational realities in order to assist public organizations in formulating and achieving their goals and striving toward responsible social change.
The program builds on several assumptions:
- that many complex and far-reaching social problems require the stewardship of public agencies;
- that the citizens are the central focus of everything public administration does or ought to be;
- that public agencies should encourage democratic practices, personal education and growth, and the improvement in the quality of life within the public sector workplace;
- that public agencies should nurture and support a critical awareness on the part of public administrators, leading to an ability to challenge and change administrative practice; and
- that public administrators need to find creative and innovative ways to provide quality public services, especially in times of resource scarcity.
In sum, we believe the challenge of our changing post-industrial era is best met by humanizing public organizations, by strengthening their capacities for intelligent policy analysis and effective action on behalf of the public good, and by encouraging public administrators to embrace learning, creativity, and innovation.