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

Fall 2018 Cohorts

  • Glendale | Specialization in Program Management and Leadership
    1500 N. Verdugo Road, Glendale, CA 91208-2809
  • Norwalk (LA County Registrar-Recorder's Office) | Specialization in Program Management and Leadership
    12400 Imperial Highway, Norwalk, CA 90650
  • South El Monte (LADPSS) | Specialization in Program Management and Leadership
    Ramada Inn, 1089 Santa Anita Avenue, South El Monte, CA 91733

Spring 2018 Cohorts

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


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.