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. Designed as a sustainability MPA, the program features a curriculum that supports three program foundations.

*Please note that our curriculum is continuously evolving, and we periodically change the order and nature of courses in the MPA program. This may occur during your course of study. The program above is for illustrative purposes.

First Semester Classes

SUS7010: Introduction to Public Administration & Policy (4 units)
SUS6010: Principles of Sustainable Management (4 units)
SUS6021: Quantitative Methods for Business and Public Administration (4 units)
SUS7020: Civic Leadership, Decision-Making & Systems Thinking (4 units)

Second Semester Classes

SUS6195: Effective Management, Communication & Action (3 units)
SUS6130: Implementation of Sustainable Practices (3 units)
SUS6025: Micro- and Macroeconomics (4 units)
SUS6210: Leadership for Sustainable Management (4 units)

Third Semester Classes

SUS7030: Research Methods & Policy Evaluation (4 units)
SUS7060: Public Sector Finance (4 units)
SUS7025: Market Failures and the Regulatory Environment (4 units)
Elective (3 units)

Fourth Semester Classes

SUS7100: Sustainable Urban Development, Economics & Policy (4 units)
SUS7080: Information Management, Technology & Policy (4 units)
SUS7090: MPA Integrative Capstone Plan (4 units)
SUS7040: Human Resources & Management Ethics (3 units)


SUS8502: Sustainable Energy Management (3 units)
MBA courses (unless part of required MPA curriculum) (3 or 4 units)
SUS8600: Individual Research in Sustainable Management (3 or 4 units)

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.

SUS7060: Public Sector Finance

SUS7030: Research Methods & Policy Evaluation 

SUS7080: Information Management, Technology & Policy