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Master of Public Administration

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Navigate the intersection of the public, private, and nonprofit sectors and develop workable solutions for the common good with a Master of Public Administration that will facilitate your exciting career in public management.


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Our MPA program prioritizes hands-on experience that prepares you to address the public interest through the collection and analysis of evidence essential for implementing public service strategies. Translate theory into practice and begin implementing policy that supports your community. A flexible class schedule helps working professionals balance their busy lives, while small class sizes promote one-on-one attention and deeper relationship building.

  • Typical program length is 21 months, with 38 credits
  • Classes offered on Saturday
  • Preferred but not required - two years of professional work experience, including internships
  • Wide range of scholarship and financial aid options
  • Classes begin each fall at USF’s Downtown San Francisco and Sacramento campuses. Also offered in a 100% online format.
  • Accredited by NASPAA, the foremost membership organization of graduate programs in public administration, public policy, public affairs, and public & nonprofit management in the US and around the world.
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Please note: second year fall courses for all campuses and all Health Services Administration concentration courses may be held in San Francisco


Ana Marie Lara-Baquiran, MPA ’10

Ana Marie Lara-Baquiran, MPA ’10, Human Services Management Analyst, City and County of San Francisco

“The coursework in the MPA is incredibly relevant to the work I do -- the research, the analysis the ability to identify gaps and inefficiencies within welfare programs. Everything we learned has been so applicable. Thanks to the program and my cohort, I’m a more well-rounded professional.”

For more testimonials and videos visit our community page.


Gates Foundation Behind The Scenes

7/28/2015, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Off-Campus Event - Gates Foundation, Seattle, WA

Financial Analysis (MSFA) Program: Information Session

7/28/2015, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Downtown Campus 122 - Classroom

Business Administration (MBA) Program Information Session

7/29/2015, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Downtown Campus 157 - Classroom

Global Entrepreneurial Management (MGEM) Mixer

7/30/2015, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Off-Campus Event - Palomino Restaurant

Organization Development (MSOD) Program Overview & Admissions Advising

8/5/2015, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Downtown Campus 122 - Classroom

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