Public Administration (MPA) - Government Administration Track


Program of Study

Area 1 Core
MPAC 7106Survey of Public Administration 13
MPAC 7116Public Personnel Administration3
MPAC 7126Public Budgeting and Financial Administration3
MPAC 7136Research Methods for Administration3
MPAC 7146Organization Theory and Leadership3
MPAC 7156Legal and Ethical Environment of Administration3
MPAC 7766Capstone Course in Public Administration (A grade of "B" or better is required in this course.) 23
Area 1 Total21
Area 2 Concentration
Select 15 hours from the following list:15
Policy Analysis
Non-Profit Organization and Operations
Conflict Resolution for Public Managers
State and Local Governmental Relations
City and County Management
Grant Writing for Public Administration
Selected Topics in Administration
Independent Study in Public Administration
American Political Process and Policy-making
National Security Policy
State and Local Government and Intergovernmental Relations
Comparative Administration
Area 2 Total15
Total Credit Hours36

Note: MPAC 7106 Survey of Public Administration must be taken in the student's first two semesters of the program.


MPAC 7766 Capstone Course in Public Administration must be taken in the student's final semester and requires department approval.

Admission Requirements

Admissions Deadlines 
Fall: June 30
Spring: November 30

Send the materials below to the CSU Admissions Office:

All applicants must submit

  • A cumulative minimum grade point average of 2.75 in an acceptable earned baccalaureate degree is required.
  • One letter of recommendation (PDF) from an employer, past professor, or another person familiar with the applicant's work.
  • Statement of purpose which introduces the applicant to the program, outlines their interest in the program, their personal and professional goals, and the relevant work and/or life experiences that they feel qualifies them for the program.

Additional Program Requirements

The MPA degree is subject to the following requirements:

  • All students must complete the common core for the degree.
  • A minimum B average (3.0) in core courses, with no more than two Cs, and a minimum grade of B in elective courses are required for degree completion.
  • maximum of nine semester hours of credit, taken as a graduate student at an accredited graduate school, may apply toward a master's degree provided the credit was earned not more than seven years prior to the date of completion of the degree. Grades of "C" or below will not be accepted as transfer credit.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Lead And Manage In Public Governance With Impartiality, Objectivity, Transparency, And Professionalism
  • Analyze, Synthesize, Think Critically, Solve Problems, And Make Ethical Decisions
  • Articulate And Apply A Public Service Perspective To Public Policy Issues By Promoting Inclusiveness And Participation
  • Communicate And Interact Productively And Collaboratively With A Diverse And Changing Workforce And Citizenry Locally And Globally
  • Demonstrate An Ability To Analyze Policy Alternatives And Use Government Tools To Address Social Problems