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Presidio Graduate School Launches Transformative Online Master of Public Administration Degree

Innovative curriculum incorporates climate and environmental sustainability, racial equity and social justice, and systems thinking into every course.

NOV. 19, 2020San FranciscoPresidio Graduate School, a nonprofit, accredited graduate school with a mission to educate changemakers to build a flourishing future for all, has launched a new online Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree. Presidio’s MPA program provides high-quality graduate education to professionals seeking to build a more just, equitable, and sustainable world through roles in both the public and social sectors.

“Transformative leaders in the public and social sectors need different skill sets today to help us move beyond the status quo,” said Elizabeth Maw, president of Presidio Graduate School. “Presidio’s reimagined MPA program will help students rethink policy and administration and empower them to create lasting positive change.”

The new, fully online MPA degree allows students and working professionals to balance their education while continuing their careers. Curriculum also has been updated to reflect the school’s mission to “educate changemakers to build a flourishing future for all.”

Presidio’s forward-looking programs integrate climate and environmental sustainability, racial equity and social justice, and systems thinking into all aspects of the curriculum. Students will study best practices in public policy administration through a lens of social justice with subjects such as policy design and equal opportunity, urban planning for climate justice and resilience, and social systems for justice and wellbeing.

“It’s imperative that we equip our students to think and act with equity and justice, no matter what professional roles they pursue,” Maw said. “We have to challenge our future leaders to take a system-wide view of critical issues and imagine new, holistic solutions to make a flourishing future possible.”

The academically rigorous program is accessible in price and format to be equitable for students and working professionals from every background. MPA students will complete 12 courses over six trimesters, through a fully online, part-time format. Coursework includes real-world case studies and applications for a practical and experiential approach, and students are paired with leading practitioners in the policy and social impact space for tailored mentorship opportunities that fit their unique needs, experiences, and passions.

Key program dates include:

  • Dec. 2 – Application & Scholarship Information Session #1
  • Dec. 18 – Early Application Deadline
  • Dec 30 – Application & Scholarship Info Session #2
  • Jan 11 – Round 2 Application Deadline
  • Jan 25 – Registration Closes
  • Feb 22 – Trimester Start Date

See other dates on our Academic Calendar. To learn more about Presidio’s MPA degree, visit


Presidio Graduate School (PGS) is an independent graduate school dedicated to catalyzing systemic change and equipping leaders to envision, design, and build a flourishing future for all. PGS’s unique curriculum and proven frameworks integrate sustainability, social justice, and systems thinking into every course, giving students the skills and mindset to create lasting positive impact at scale. A 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in 2003, PGS is headquartered in San Francisco and offers master’s degrees (MBA, MPA, and Dual Degrees) and certificate programs.

PGS was ranked among the top five sustainable MBA programs in the nation by Fast Company and, according to The New York Times, is the place to go “if you want to change the world.” To learn more, visit, read the Presidian Blog, join us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter @Presidiograd.


Amanda Opperman
VP of Marketing & Admissions
Presidio Graduate School

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