Master of Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program produces competent, confident, and ethical leaders to implement public policy effectively, efficiently, and responsively.

Program Mission

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program equips graduate students to become competent, confident, and ethical leaders to implement public policy effectively, efficiently, and responsively. The program’s rigorous focus is on research, writing, and managerial decision making using data and cultural awareness to achieve the public good. Our goal is to develop Christ-centered difference makers in the public sector environment promoting justice through scholarship and leading transformative practice.

Our vision is to:

  • Prepare pre-service and midcareer professionals to manage and make evidence-based decisions.
  • Develop skills in critical thinking, analysis, data use, and research evaluation for meaningful real-world applications.
  • Equip future leaders to think creatively and innovatively to solve problems and transform public, nonprofit, and private organizations.
  • Prepare culturally confident public sector leaders who nurture collaborative relationships with diverse groups and lead in work, home, and community contexts.


Core Courses
PADM 501Origin of Public Administration3
PADM 502Organizations and Behavior3
PADM 503The Policy Process3
PADM 504Economic and Urban Development3
PADM 505Public Sector Research Methods3
PADM 506Ethical Leadership and Management3
PADM 600APublic Administration Capstone A3
PADM 600BPublic Administration Capstone B3
Choose one of the following:
Health Policy and Public Administration
California's Public Healthcare System [Proposed]
Federal Health Insurance Policy (Implementation and Administration) [Proposed]
Healthcare Administration
Community Health and the Built Environment (State/Local) [Proposed]
Communication and the Public Sector
Communicating Public Policy [Proposed]
Social Media/Digital Media and the Public Sector [Proposed]
The Press and Politics [Proposed]
Field Report (Independent Study) [Proposed]
Public Sector Business Administration
Public-Private Partnerships (Economic Development) [Proposed]
Small Business Administration and State/Local Government [Proposed]
Education and Workforce Development Policy Administration [Proposed]
Federal Health Insurance Policy (Implementation and Administration) [Proposed]
Emerging Technology and the Public Sector
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the Public Sector
Big Data and Elections (Polling/Statistics) [Proposed]
Smart Cities and Workforce Development [Proposed]
Field Report: Spatial or Statistical Analysis of a Public Challenge (Moral Hazard) [Proposed]
Total Units36


University graduate admission and program-specific requirements must be met before an application is complete (see Admission to the University). Program-specific application requirements are available online.

International students should contact Graduate and Professional Admissions for application procedures.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
  1. Evaluate leadership and management techniques reflecting theories and practice of public administration with emphasis on ethical administrative norms to improve public governance at the federal, state and local levels.
  2. Evaluate strategies to effectively manage policy programs reflecting the global professional standards and ethics of Network Schools of Public Policy Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).
  3. Formulate innovative and value-based decisions to manage the political-administrative policy process and solutions for effective public service and program outcomes.
  4. Communicate using a Christ-centered worldview and technologies (e-commerce, e-governance, e-learning) helpful to manage intergovernmental relations with diverse groups.
  5. Differentiate the function of budgeting and financial planning approaches used by public sector organizations for economic and community development.