MPA Curriculum

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at Presidio Graduate School consists of 15 required courses and one elective. Each course is designed to build on previous courses and integrate with simultaneous courses. The curriculum is designed around three program foundations.

First Semester Classes

SUST6100: Systems, Sustainability, and Social Justice

SUST6120: Data, Information Literacy, and Decision Making

SUST6130: Economy and Society – Governance and Business

LDR6100: Personal Development and Communication

Second Semester Classes

SUS7010: Introduction to Public Administration and Policy

MSS6200: Civic Leadership, Diversity, and Systems Thinking

MSS6240: Planning, Policy, and Sustainable Economic Development

LDR6200: Leadership and Team Performance

Third Semester Classes

MSS6300: Research Methods and Policy Evaluation

MSS6320: Multisector Solutions and Sustainable Partnerships

SUS7025: Market Failures and the Regulatory Environment

LDR6300: Organizational Leadership

Fourth Semester Classes

SUS7080: Information Management, Technology, and Policy

SUS7040: Human Resources and Management Ethics

MSS6340: Capstone – Fieldwork Implementation Practicum



Any MBA course, unless part of required MPA curriculum, may be selected as elective

Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning (EL) is a key part of our educational program. Using this “living case” methodology, students are able to gain experience in the workplace and learn how to apply the skills learned through the program. Additionally, this is an opportunity for students to gain relevant work experience to benefit their careers. Students are paired with an organization and work with them over the course of a semester on a specific project; in some cases, MPA students work with the same EL partner over several semesters.