Master of Public Administration

The nation is in need of effective leadership and competence in the administration of public affairs. The growth of all levels of government and public service organizations and their increasing responsibilities in a complex society has led directly to the need for more capable public administrators. The Master of Public Administration program at SDSU’s School of Public Affairs is structured around meeting this need.

The MPA degree is offered in three modalities: online, in person, and site-specific.

MPA students can specialize in Criminal Justice or City Planning or develop their own specialization (in consultation with the program coordinator). We also offer a joint graduate degree with Latin American Studies.

The MPA program is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration. (NASPAA)

MPA Mission

SDSU’s MPA program aims to create exceptional public sector leaders by providing students with broad expertise relevant to public sector organizations, non-profit organizations, and public-private sector relationships. We equip students with skills and techniques that enable them to assume leadership roles in changing political and social environments in the United States and internationally. By involving our students and faculty in the San Diego community and the US-Mexico border region, the MPA program fosters the advancement of knowledge, integrates academic components with practical experience, and contributes to the enhancement of our community.

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Dr. Joshua Chanin
Associate Professor