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Master of Public Administration

Courses in the program: Required & Elective

Please note: The program does not require any course prerequisite.

Courses in the Program:

  • The program consist of a total of 12 courses (36 approved units)
  • At least 27 units in 600- and 700 numbered courses including PA 600, 604, 605 or 606, 630, 642, 650 and 660.
  • a minimum of nine additional units of 500 level or graduate public administration or related fields selected under advisement.
  • Up to nine units of coursework may be accepted as transfer credit. 


  • PA 600 Scope of Public Administration (3) - The development of public administration as an academic discipline; a systematic evaluation of the rise and operations of large-scale public bureaucracies.
  • PA 604  Methods of Analysis in Public and Urban Affairs (3) - Prerequisite: Credit or concurrent registration in Public Administration 600.  Research design for problems and cases in public affairs; summarizing and organizing data; methods of projection; sampling theory and application; using census and other secondary data sources. 
  • PA 606  Seminar in Quantitative Approaches to PA (3) -  Prerequisites: Public administration 600 and 604. Advanced techniques for analyzing problems in public and urban affairs; emphasis on computer applications.
  • PA 630  Seminar in Public Personnel Administration (3) - Prerequisite: Public Administration 600. Analysis of selected problem in personnel administration; special emphasis on organizational development and consultation skills as emerging personnel functions.  Maximum credit six units applicable to a master’s degree.
  • PA 642 Seminar in Administrative Theory (3) - Prerequisite: Public Administration 600. Organization and management; the executive role, decision making; bureaucracy; authority and power; communication and control and organizational system; tactics and strategies in effective management.
  • PA 650  Seminar in Public Financial Management (3) - Prerequisite: Public Administration 450. Economics and politics of the public sector.  Theories of public expenditure analysis and revenue generation.  Issues of ethics and efficiency in government financial policy.
  • PA 660  Administration and Public Policy Development (3) - Prerequisite: Public Administration 600. Social, political and administrative problems involved in governmental program development and change.

An additional 15 units of graduate elective courses must be taken. They must be selected with the approval of the MPA faculty adviser.   The following are some elective courses that have been previously taken by other MPA students.

  • CJA 520 Prosecutorial Function in Administration of Justice (3) - Prerequisite: Criminal Justice Administration 301. Analysis of prosecutor's function at local, state, and federal levels and in selected foreign nations, including appraisal of proposed national standards and goals for prosecutors.
  • CJA 531 Probation and Parole (3) - Prerequisite: Criminal Justice Administration 330. Basic concepts, history, legistlation, and practices used in work with juveniles and adults who have been placed on probation or parole; criteria of selection, methods of supervision, and elements of case reporting.
  • CJA 604 Seminar in Criminal Justice and Urban Administration (3) - Prerequisite: Criminal Justice Administration 540. Critical analysis of influences on crime control and the criminal justice process of actions by urban administrators, legislators and the private sector in areas such as housing, education, public health and transportation, and urban development policies.
  • Econ 565 - Provides students with tools and concepts useful for analyzing the effects of international economic integration and transactions on social welfare, income distribution, employment, and economic growth.  In general the course will cover basic trade and economic integration theories, as well as the historical and institutional structure issues of NAFTA.
  • IDS 753 Global Supply Management (3) - Prerequisite: Classified graduate standing. Advanced concepts, method, and implementation of global supply chain strategies and management; global sourcing and supplier development; global logistic network and management; information technology and e-business for supply chain; supply chain design and optimization; performance metrics and measurements.
  • MGT 710 Seminar in World Business Environment (3) - Prerequisite: Business Administration 651.
    Nature, dimensions and motives of international business. Impact of environmental factors. Nature of multinational corporation, importance of national and multilateral controls and policies for international business management.
  • POLSCI 531 Interest Groups and Political Movements (3) - Prerequisite: Political Science 101 or 102. Pressure group activity, lobbies, mass movements; factors which explain origins and motivations of group behavior; votes, money, information, protest as political resources; theories of pluralism, power elite and mass society; class and ethnic politics. May include a substantial amount of material about foreign political systems.
  • PA 531 Governmental Employer-Employee Relations (3) - Prerequisite: Historical development, legal basis, and organizational implications of governmental employer-employee relations; emphasis on California local government.
  • PA 620 Seminar in Quantitative Approaches to Public Administration (3) - Selected problems in the management of urban governments. Maximum credit six units applicable to a master's degree.
  • PA 530- Stresses the development of effective negotiation skills by having participants practice and study behaviors needed for negotiations. Through the use of class simulations, class member will generate behaviors that are observed and analyzed for their effectiveness.  In addition, this class provides participants a theoretical understanding of negations and the various analytical tools that enable class members to improve their bargaining abilities.  This course will also study current issues found in headline news reports which are examples of negotiations in public service.  These examples demonstrate the capabilities and limits of negotiated approaches to public service decision making.  In addition, the class will review trends in labor management relations.
  • PA 580- Takes a comparative view of public management and its relationship to culture, economic development, politics and policy development. The course also examines how the subjects listed above influence specific relationships: examples of which include but are not limited to bureaucracy; recruitment, economic programs, capacity, performance and government control within a country. The course also looks at several specific administrative problems that have become contentious policy issues examples include but are not limited to New Public Management, reducing the size of government, achieving representative bureaucracy, government
  • PA 632  Seminar of Organization development in the Public Sector (3) - Prerequisite: Public Administration 600. Organization development theory and practice.  Emphasis on organizational diagnosis, intervention theory, team building and process consultation skills as they apply to public sector organizations.
  • PA 643  Seminar in Administrative Behavior (3) - Prerequisite; Public Administration 340   Intrapersonal, interpersonal and group development knowledge which enhances the administrator’s effectiveness.  Simulations and structured experiential designs examine behavior encountered in public bureaucracies.