Master of Public Affairs

The Master of Public Affairs (MoPA) provides students with the knowledge, training, and skills needed for effective political action by merging hands-on internship experiences with rigorous graduate seminars. Our interdisciplinary approach to public affairs —guided by a commitment to social justice — gives students the chance to study campaigns, advocacy and policy issues, the role of non-profits, and strategic communications.

All public affairs classes are taught by distinguished full-time faculty and nationally recognized political practitioners.

Our Faculty

MoPA graduates are prepared for careers in grassroots and community organizing, campaign strategy and management, governmental relations, lobbying and advocacy, strategic communications, government and public agencies, and journalism - evident in our 80% job placement rate in the field within six months of graduation.

Our Students

Our students arrive on campus from around the country and across the world, representing a diversity of experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds. Though their specific interests vary, they share a passion for creating positive change in their communities, the policy process, and political systems.

Meet Our Students

As a Political Science major in undergrad and after 6 years of working in the public sector, I decided to continue my education to strengthen my background as well as develop skills in additional areas. I chose the Master of Public Affairs because of the wide range of classes offered, with the skill sets and knowledge that they involve. I’ve benefited from the small class sizes – and the rich background and expertise of the professors.

Mike Calevski, Student - Alma Mater: Kent State University

Contact Info

Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good

M-F 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Masonic, Room 106
University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 422-5662 (415) 422-5641