We are working with partner sites to evaluate the safety of face-to-face classes. Until we can ensure a safe learning environment that complies with CDC health protocols, we will continue to deliver offsite courses via our convenient virtual platform.

Every off-campus cohort has a specialization within the MPA Public Sector Management and Leadership option. Please read specialization descriptions below.

Spring 2022 Cohorts (Application Open)

  • LASPD | Specialization in Program Management and Leadership
    Los Angeles School Police Department, 125 North Beaudry Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • DMH | Specialization in Program Management and Leadership
    Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, 510 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020

Fall 2021 Cohorts (Application Closed)

  • Santa Barbara | Specialization in Program Management and Leadership
    County Employees University Bldg., 267 Camino del Remedio, Santa Barbara, CA 93110
  • LAUSD | Specialization in Program Management and Leadership
    Los Angeles Unified School District, 333 S. Beaudry Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90017

Spring 2021 Cohorts (Currently In Session)

  • Glendale | Specialization in Program Management and Leadership
    Glendale Community College, 1500 N. Verdugo Road, Glendale, CA 91205
  • South El Monte (LADPSS) | Specialization in Program Management and Leadership
    Ramada Inn, 1089 Santa Anita Avenue, South El Monte, CA 91733

Potential Future Cohorts

  • Pasadena | Specialization in Program Management and Leadership
    City of Pasadena, 100 North Garfield Avenue Pasadena, CA 91101

Specializations

Human Resources

This specialization’s courses prepare both current and future public administrators to address the hiring, retention, promotion and engagement of employees within public-sector organizations by linking the best current practices in each of these areas to an organization’s strategic plan. Participants learn how to innovate and adapt in order to function effectively and proactively as HR professionals.

Program Analysis and Evaluation

The courses in this specialization introduce participants to the various methods of program analysis and evaluation used in the field of public administration and provide the skills needed both for improving existing evaluation systems and designing new systems that will provide the information needed in order to achieve organizational objectives.

Program Management and Leadership

The courses in this area facilitate the development of managerial effectiveness and leadership capabilities. Participants assess their own leadership strengths as well as their access to professional development opportunities. Students acquire knowledge, competencies, and skills appropriate to various models and methods of management and leadership.