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MPA & MPP Programs

McGeorge School of Law offers two distinctive professional degrees, the Master of Public Policy (MPP) and the Master of Public Administration (MPA). These programs join knowledge of law, competencies in analyses, and skills in action.

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) prepares professionals for careers capably making and effectively implementing public policy decisions. Graduates of the 48-unit program will be well-prepared for professional careers in government, non-profit and private sectors. Consequential public policy issues are characterized by conflict, complexity and uncertainty. Successfully addressing such issues is the mission of this program. Students can complete the program in a full-time or part-time format. Learn more.

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) prepares professionals for successful careers in management and leadership positions and as advocates for change in making and implementing public policies. The 30-unit core curriculum emphasizes the foundations of public action based in statutes and regulations, value clarity, competencies in strategic leadership, analytical skills required for public management, and systemic change. Students can complete the program in a full-time or part-time format, and may also elect an additional 6-12 units for a concentration as a basis for launching a career or developing expertise in a field of their interest. Learn more.


Why pursue a degree in Sacramento?

No state and few nations equal the complexity and consequence of policy choices made and implemented in California. This is where you can analyze, observe and engage in most of today’s critical issues. On almost any day, students have multiple choices of public meetings, conferences or other activities at which to learn and to develop professional networks. Second, Sacramento is a great place to live as a student, to work and to play. Sacramento has been ranked among best cities in the nation:

  • No. 4 for nerds,
  • No. 5 fittest,
  • No. 5 bike-friendly,
  • No. 6 for food lovers,
  • No. 7 happiest young professionals, and
  • No. 10 most hipster.


Contact Casey Heinzen, Assistant Director, Public Policy Programs
Email | 916.340.6192

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    Why pursue a MPA/MPP?

    • Make a difference
    • Advance your career
    • Join a community
    • Stretch your mind

    Why Sacramento?

    • #4 for nerds
    • #5 fittest
    • #5 bike-friendly
    • #6 for food lovers
    • #7 happiest young professionals
    • #10 most hipster