The Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree at the University of La Verne prepares students for careers in public and nonprofit administration in local, state, and national government, and strengthens the competences of those currently serving in these fields. The MPA program offers an innovative and practical curriculum that stresses intellectual and theoretical foundations for professionals preparing to take on socially responsible roles in public leadership and service.
To provide convenience and flexibility, the MPA program is available at two locations, La Verne and Irvine.
Features and Benefits
Accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration, the MPA program is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top graduate public affairs programs in Southern California. Features and benefits of the program include:
- personal attention, networking, and high levels of interaction among students and faculty;
- an emphasis on skills development and civic professionalism;
- relevant core offerings and choice of concentrations;
- courses focused on active learning, including an elective travel course and applied project opportunities;
- highly competent, professional faculty dedicated to public service;
- year-round coursework allows students to begin fall, winter, spring, or summer;
- full library resources and specialized career development services offered to all students and alumni;
- tutoring and mentoring offered by the Academic Success Center;
- financial assistance.
The University of La Verne offers a number of MPA degree specializations to address the individual career needs of our students:
- Urban Management and Affairs;
- Aging Studies;
- Public Health; and
- JD/MPA Dual Degree Program.
Students can select a concentration or propose electives that best addresses their career path.
Flexible class schedules for working professionals
MPA classes are designed to fit the schedules of working professionals, with courses primarily offered in the evenings. Some may be offered as hybrid (50% in person and 50% online/field research).
Networking and Organizations
La Verne’s MPA program is one of only two university partners of the Municipal Management Association of Southern California (MMASC), demonstrating our commitment to engaging students in professional associations and the practice of public administration. Faculty, students, and alumni are also actively involved with the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), Women Leading Government, the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration, and other professional organizations. We sponsor an annual City Manager in Residence program, host ASPA dinners with elected and appointed officials, and support activities to promote diversity in local government. We have our own International City/County Management Association (ICMA) student chapter, with free membership and conference registration for MPA students.
Graduates with a Master of Public Administration degree work and advance in local governments, governmental agencies, and nonprofit organizations. By the end of the program, graduates understand not only the roles of civic professionals, but also the tools and techniques they need to be: leaders engaged and committed to improving public service, agents of change in organizational settings, and advocates in their communities and in policy making processes.
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