Public Administration Programs in California

There are over 50 different universities in California with public administration degrees.

California Public Administration Degrees

There are 15 colleges in the state that offer a Master of Public Administration program and are accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).

Featured Online MPA Programs:

Online MPA Programs in California

Of the NASPAA-accredited programs in the state, there are six of them that offer primary or 100 percent online accessibility: California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, California State University in Dominguez Hills and Long Beach, SDSU, USC, and the University of San Francisco.

San Diego State University

SDSU's online MPA program is similar to the 36-unit curriculum taught on campus, but is accelerated to 16 months with six two-month modules (two-week breaks between each module). The entire cost of the program is estimated at less than $20,000. There are two required on-campus experiences that need to be fulfilled -- one at the beginning and the other to present a capstone research project at the conclusion.

Students must submit official transcripts, GRE test scores, two letters of recommendation, a resume, internship waiver, and a statement of purpose to be admitted into the program and to get set up on the fast-track system. If students have not fulfilled the minimum of two years of professional experience and are still admitted, they must complete an internship program.

California State University-Dominguez Hills

There are four separate concentrations under the MPA program online: Public Management, Criminal Justice Policy and Administration, Health Care Policy and Administration, and Nonprofit Management. For Public Management, the concentration is separated into four sessions, each being 12 weeks long. For the others, they are completed in six terms with eight-week intervals. Either way, all programs are designed to be completed in two years.

In order to be admitted into the program, students must have a 2.75 cumulative GPA, college-level math courses that meets the university's requirements with a B or higher, resume, and a personal statement. Two letters of recommendation can be used for those that do not meet the first two requirements.

University of Southern California

There are six specialization tracks that USC Price highlights: Local Government Management, Nonprofit Management, Health Management, Public Financial Management, International Development Governance and Comparative Public Administration, and Arts Leadership. Students will take 16 units worth of electives to complete these specialties, or customize this to fit a more specific path.

Average time to complete the MPA is two to three years for full-time students and three to five years for part-time. There is a limit to five years for students to complete the MPA degree. The school has held a retention rate of above 92 percent since the 2012-13 academic year. 73 of the 109 graduate students on the main campus and 49 of 56 online students from the 2016-17 academic year have found employment, with just two unemployed students still seeking employment from each of those sections.

San Francisco State University

42 units are required to satisfy an MPA from SFSU which equates to seven semesters. There are six specialty areas that students can choose from: Nonprofit Administration, Public Management, Public Policy, Urban Administration, Criminal Justice Administration, and Gerontology and Environmental Administration and Policy. There is also the option to customize their own emphasis.

Most students work full-time while taking this program part-time, and many can waive their internship if employment meets the school requirement. 95 percent of graduates from the 2015-16 academic year were employed within six months — the majority (37 percent) landed in local US government agencies. Nearly a quarter of those students were promoted at their same place of work and 21 percent moved to a different employer.

There are 15 colleges in California that offer a Master of Public Administration program and are accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).

  • California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
  • California State University-Bakersfield
  • California State University-Chico
  • California State University-Dominguez Hills
  • California State University-Fresno
  • California State University-Fullerton
  • California State University-Long Beach
  • California State University-San Bernardino
  • California State University-Stanislaus
  • San Diego State University
  • San Francisco State University
  • San Jose State University
  • University of La Verne
  • University of San Francisco
  • University of Southern California

Available Online Public Administration Programs for California

University of Southern California
Online Public Administration Degrees Based in California
Programs That May Be Currently Accepting Applicants
University of San Francisco
, California
  • Online Master Of Public Administration

List of California Public Administration Programs

Campus-based and Online programs
Programs That May Be Currently Accepting Applicants
Ashford University
San Diego, California
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
Brandman University
Irvine, California
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
California Baptist University
Riverside, California
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
California Lutheran University
Thousand Oaks, California
  • Master of Public Policy and Administration
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, California
  • Master of Public Policy
California State Polytechnic University
, California
  • Master Of Public Administration
California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
Pomona, California
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
California State University-Bakersfield
Bakersfield, California
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
California State University-Chico
Chico, California
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
California State University-Dominguez Hills
Carson, California
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
California State University-East Bay
Hayward, California
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
California State University-Fresno
Fresno, California
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
California State University-Fullerton
Fullerton, California
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
California State University-Long Beach
Long Beach, California
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
California State University-Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
California State University-Monterey Bay
Seaside, California
  • Master of Public Administration and Nonprofit Management
California State University-Northridge
Northridge, California
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
California State University-Sacramento
Sacramento, California
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
California State University-San Bernardino
San Bernardino, California
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
California State University-Stanislaus
Turlock, California
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
California State University, Bakersfield
Bakersfield, California
  • Master Of Public Administration
California State University, Chico
Chico, California
  • Master Of Public Administration
California State University, Dominguez Hills
Dominguez Hills, California
  • Master Of Public Administration
California State University, Fresno
Fresno, California
  • Master Of Public Administration
California State University, Fullerton
Fullerton, California
  • Master Of Public Administration
California State University, Long Beach
Long Beach, California
  • Master Of Public Administration
California State University, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California
  • Master of Science in Public Administration
California State University, San Bernardino
San Bernardino, California
  • Master Of Public Administration
California State University, Stanislaus
Stanislaus, California
  • Master Of Public Administration
Claremont Graduate University
Claremont, California
  • Master of Public Health
Golden Gate University-San Francisco
San Francisco, California
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
Monterey, California
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
Mills College
Oakland, California
  • Master in Public Policy
National University
La Jolla, California
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
Naval Postgraduate School
, California
  • Defense-Focused Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science in Management
Notre Dame de Namur University
Belmont, California
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica, California
  • Masters Degree in Public Policy
Pepperdine University
Malibu, California
  • Master of Public Policy
San Diego State University
San Diego, California
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
San Francisco State University
San Francisco, California
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
San Jose State University
San Jose, California
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
Sonoma State University
Rohnert Park, California
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
Stanford University
Stanford, California
  • Master of Public Policy
University of California-Berkeley
Berkeley, California
  • Master of Public Policy
University of California-Irvine
Irvine, California
University of California-Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California
  • Masters Degree in Public Policy
University of La Verne
La Verne, California
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
University of San Francisco
San Francisco, California
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
  • Online Master Of Public Administration
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA)
  • Master of Public Policy
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