MPA in Organizational Leadership

This degree program prepares students for public service in local and state agencies and nonprofit organizations. Graduates will learn to manage people, analyze the political sources of public policy and political behavior, conduct research and apply the ethical standards of law to policy process.

Organizational Leadership Program Overview

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) with an emphasis in organizational leadership focuses on the frontiers, dynamics and foundations of public leadership, especially in the nonprofit business environment. You will have the option to customize your educational plan by selecting a set of electives in accounting, leadership and computer science.

As a student, you will:

  • Apply principles of public administration to a community activity.
  • Analyze a situation using public policy as a guide.
  • Develop a political strategy for problem-solving.
  • Apply principles of finance to decision-making.
  • Apply ethical reasoning strategy to public administration case study.


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Next Session

Spring II (Mar 05, 2018)

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Available Campuses

Irvine Campus
16355 Laguna Canyon Road, 1st Floor, Irvine, CA 92618
Fully Online
Working adults prefer the flexible format that allows them study any time of day.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants for this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

  • Completed application
  • GPA: Meet 1 of these 4 GPA options for admission
  • Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions where baccalaureate and/or post-baccalaureate coursework was completed or attempted

Only credits from regionally accredited institutions may be accepted in transfer. Failure to report any previous academic work at another college or university may be considered a violation of academic integrity.

Graduate Level Exams

Most of Brandman’s Master Degree programs do not require a graduate level exam; however, there are a few that do. For detailed information about which Brandman programs have graduate exam and minimum test score requirements, please reference the Brandman University Catalog.

Program Curriculum

  • The MPA program consists of two segments. The first segment is the 27 credits for the specific core requirements, and the second segment consists of 9 elective or emphasis area credits.

    MPA Core


    OLCU 601 Democracy, Ethics and Leadership


    PADU 600 Introduction to Public Administration


    PADU 605 Public Finance


    or ACCU 602

    Financial Reporting & Analysis

    PADU 607 Public Policy Analysis


    BUSU 610 Data Analysis for Decision Making


    OLCU 613 Seminar in Organizational Dynamics


    HRCU 622 Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining


    PADU 630 Local Government


    PADU 688 Action Learning Project


    MPA Core Subtotal


    Elective or Emphasis Area


    Select elective courses or emphasis area


    Elective or Emphasis Area Subtotal


    Total Credits


  • This leadership focus is best suited for students interested in careers in the non-profit sector.

    OLCU 621 Frontiers of Public and Nonprofit Leadership


    OLCU 626 Dynamics of Public and Nonprofit Leadership


    Select one of the following:


    OLCU 600
    Foundations of Organizational Leadership


    OLCU 602
    Self, Systems, and Leadership


    OLCU 615
    Leading Organizational Change


    Total Credits


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