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Public Administration, MPA

Prepare for public leadership. Transform learning into actions that serve our communities. Join a new generation of leaders who bring social innovation to the halls of government as well as to corporate boardrooms.

Apply Now for 2024

The Fall 2024 application is now open. The next application date is June 15, 2024.

A Career in Public Administration

Each year we survey MPA graduates to confirm where and how they are applying their education. Take a look at program completion rates for our MPA ARY-5 cohort and explore industries, job functions, and salary ranges for our recent graduates. 

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The USF Advantage

  • Ranked in the top 20% of MPA programs in the US.
  • A flexible class schedule accommodates working professionals. Classes are also offered on Saturday.
  • Small class sizes promote one-on-one attention and deep relationships.
  • A wide range of scholarship and financial aid options.
  • Typical program length is 21 months with 38 units.
  • Classes begin each fall at the USF Downtown San Francisco campus. Also offered in fall, spring and summer.
  • Preferred but not required - two years of professional work experience, including internships.
  • 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.
  • Ranked among the Best Public Affairs Programs by the U.S. News & World Report.
  • A Health Services Administration concentration offers students a specialized public management degree designed for a career in the U.S. healthcare system.

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Public Administration, MPA

Kresten Froistad-Martin, Program Director
Masonic, Room MA 216
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117