Student Experience

Master of Public Administration

Public Administration engages graduate students in the search for evidence-based practices that advance the public good. It combines the fields of organizational behavior, policy analysis, human resources, public budgeting, information technology, strategic planning, and program implementation and evaluation.

Practical Application

The MPA program emphasizes effective management and leadership practices that build high-performing teams, involve communities in planning, and navigate public and nonprofit agencies for the public good. The coursework applies interpersonal skills, administrative concepts, and multiple frames to actual work situations. Emphasizing action and research, the curriculum draws on the Jesuit tradition of reflection, experience, and core-value driven leadership for lifelong learning and professional growth.

Change the World from Here

Through small group activities and seminar discussions, you will focus on experiential learning, case analysis, and diagnostic and critical-thinking skills, shifting from cognition to action and effective behaviors. Increase your capacity for problem solving, effective inquiry, and how to work through ambiguity and uncertainty. The MPA program highlights ethical decision-making and community and organizational contributions, enabling you to actively apply USF’s mission to change the world from here.

Preet Didbal USF Alumna MS Public Administration, University of San Francisco

Yuba City's new mayor is Preet Didbal, a USF Master of Public Administration alumna.

Preet Didbal '12 Public Administration

News from the Master of Public Administration Program

State Authorization
USF is accepting applications for enrollment into online degree programs from residents in the following states: Arizona, California, Florida, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. Please check www.usfca.edu/state-auth for specific programs offered in these states.

Contact Info

Graduate Recruiting and Admissions

Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

University of San Francisco
Downtown Campus
101 Howard Street, Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 422-2221