Master of Public Administration

About This Program


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CSUN is California's leading provider of MPA degrees and the nation's third-largest provider (behind only Harvard and Columbia universities). It ranks 16th nationally in the Top 25 Online MPA Programs by GraduatePrograms.com. Of the nation's top four MPA providers, only CSUN offers both online and face-to-face instruction, and has more off-campus locations than any other provider.

Working in partnership with 10 Los Angeles County agencies, eight cities and two counties outside of Los Angeles, CSUN ensures that public sector professionals possess the means to thrive in their chosen fields and to become effective agents of change at all levels of government and within their communities. Since 1985, more than 2,000 graduates have earned their MPA degrees.

This program is ideal for staff and administrators who are currently employed in the public, private or nonprofit sectors and looking to advance their careers, as well as for those seeking employment in these areas. It is also an excellent choice for professionals in other fields who are interested in transitioning to the public sector. Graduates of the program build valuable working relationships with public sector administrators, which serve them throughout their professional lives.

All of CSUN's MPA degree programs provide a quality educational experience, including a sound theoretical foundation, practical applications and exceptional student support services.

CSUN offers concentrations in high-growth areas of the public sector field, including:

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Through the Tseng College, CSUN can also bring the MPA program on-site to an employer. More information is available on the employer-contracted programs page.