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 develops innovative leaders who champion public service values including diversity, equity, ethics, and accountability, to support the well-being of communities through educational opportunities within and outside the classroom in a multicultural binational region. 

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Dr. Joshua Chanin
Associate Professor
Office: AH 4120