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The Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program at Presidio Graduate School integrates management education and public policy issues to uniquely equip students for the future of public – private sector collaboration
MPA Program Overview
Become prepared to lead in the public sector with boldness, vision, and a commitment to sustainability. Today’s complex economic, social, and environmental challenges require public managers to rethink policy and administration, and to engage business, non-profit and community constituencies like never before. From citizen participation to climate action plans, public-private partnerships to green jobs, public administrators must lead and follow at the same time.
Our unique public administration degree integrates principles of sustainable solutions into core coursework while building the skills to think and act systemically in addressing the most compelling policy issues, whether energy, infrastructure, healthcare, or housing. Going beyond a traditional MPA, our MPA in Sustainability prepares students with the confidence and competencies to shift policy, program implementation, and public management in ways that not only improve organizational performance but create a broader positive social impact. It’s what we call the Presidian Way.
MPA Program Format
The MPA program is a 45-credit curriculum with 12 required courses. The program combines face-to-face classroom experience with the flexibility of interactive distance-learning. Students have as much in-class time as a traditional MPA program. Combined with virtual collaboration this structure is ideal for professionals that today need to balance multiple responsibilities. The program can be completed 18 months full time or 3 years if enrolled part-time. Each semester, classroom instruction takes place over a four-day residency period (part-time students attend classes for two days). These residencies occur Thursday through Sunday once a month for five months.