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.
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.