The world of public service requires dedicated and well-prepared individuals who understand what it takes to move initiatives forward. A Master of Public Administration degree provides you with important tools to make a difference in the world by solving problems and helping others. A strong education in the field offers many career opportunities including serving on staff of an elected official, leading a nonprofit organization, working in local or state government, court administration and city management.
The Master of Public Administration degree at Brandman University is a unique program that was designed with input from city managers, agency heads and elective officials, many of whom teach in the program. Courses are available in a blended format at Brandman’s Irvine, California campus or fully online nationwide. It combines theoretical and practical perspectives with rigorous commitment to academic excellence. Students may customize their programs by selecting an individualized set of electives from the areas of accounting, leadership, marketing, and computer science, or may acquire a formal emphasis in the field of Organizational Leadership.
Graduates will be prepared to manage people, be able to analyze the political sources of public policy and political behavior, conduct research, understand principles of finance and budgeting and be able to apply the ethical standards of law to policy process. Learn more about tuition, transferring, financial aid and more at our admissions page.
This program prepares students for the world of public service, particularly in local and state public agencies and non-profit organizations. The curriculum for the Master of Public Administration emphasizes theoretical and practical perspectives and combines a rigorous commitment to academic excellence with a focus on the day to day challenges faced by public sector professionals.
Graduates will be prepared to manage people, be able to analyze the political sources of public policy and political behavior, conduct research, understand principles of finance and budgeting and be able to apply the ethical standards of law to policy process. Students may customize their program through the selection of 3 elective courses, one of which may be a fellowship in a local agency or non-profit, or they may select one the following emphases:
All graduate admissions options listed below require an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
Admission Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements:
Option One – GPA required 3.00 or Higher
Option Two – GPA between 2.50 and 2.99, qualifying score on GRE, MAT or GMAT
Option Three – An earned master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution
Option Four – GPA below 2.50, Portfolio
The MPA program consists of two segments.
|OLCU 601||Democracy, Ethics, and Leadership||3|
|PADU 600||Introduction to Public Administration||3|
|PADU 605||Public Finance or ACCU 602 Financial Reporting Analysis||3|
|PADU 607||Public Policy||3|
|BUSU 610||Data Analysis for Decision Making||3|
|OLCU 613||Seminar in Organizational Dynamics||3|
|HRCU 622||Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining||3|
|PADU 630||Local Government||3|
|PADU 688||Action Learning Project||3|
Prior to enrolling in the capstone course (PADU 688), all core classes must be satisfactorily completed with one exception; one core class may be taken concurrently with the capstone.
MPA Electives/Emphasis (9 credits)
MPA students may select an individualized set of electives (9 credit limit) from the graduate courses listed in the following areas (in consultation with an academic advisor): Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Health Administration, Human Resources, Business Administration, Organizational Leadership, Marketing, Computer Science and Public Administration courses. These electives may be used to acquire either specific leadership related competencies or greater knowledge about the student’s intended professional area.
Students may transfer up to nine elective credits into the MPA program of study.
Emphasis Area (9 credits)
Organizational Leadership Emphasis: This leadership focus is best suited for students interested in careers in the non-profit sector.
|OLCU 621||Frontiers of Public and Nonprofit Leadership||3|
|OLCU 626||Dynamics of Public and Nonprofit Leadership||3|
And one course from the following selections:
|OLCU 600||Foundations of Organizational Leadership||3|
|OLCU 602||Self, Systems and Leadership||3|
|OLCU 615||Leading Organizational Change||3|