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California State University, Northridge Master of Public Administration The Tseng College of Extended Learning California State University, Northridge

  • Northridge, CA
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  • Urban
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  • 62%38%
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  • 1 Degree
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Overview

Master of Public Administration Program at California State University, Northridge

California State University, Northridge offers a highly-regarded Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) degree program at state-university rates. In fact, the university is the top provider of M.P.A. degrees in the state of California and the 3rd leading provider in the country (following only Harvard and Columbia universities).

The program is ideal for professionals in the public and non-profit sectors. It includes 3 delivery formats: on-campus (open enrollment format), off-campus (cohort format), and online (cohort format).

Each format delivers an advanced M.P.A. degree curriculum, personalized student attention, superior instruction, and comprehensive support services.

Curriculum Design

The 36-credit Master of Public Administration degree program at California State University, Northridge focuses on leadership development and public administration principles such as human capital management, policy analysis, and problem solving. It encompasses an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving that integrates public sector theory with application of skills critical to leadership and managerial functions.

The program also offers a "stackable" curriculum that combines core courses with specialization tracks. These tracks can be pursued within the M.P.A. degree program curriculum to meet the criteria for a linked graduate certificate, or completed through a certificate program (and applied to the M.P.A. degree in the future).

As a result, students graduate prepared to excel in senior positions in local, state, and national government; regional planning agencies; and non-profit organizations.

Online M.P.A. Degree Program at California State University, Northridge

The online Master of Public Administration degree program meets the same rigorous standards as the on-campus and off-campus programs. In fact, online program accreditation and evaluation standards, on-time graduation rates, and students' success rates on licensing exams are comparable to those in the face-to-face programs.

The program's cohesive learning environment includes "exceptional support services," accessible faculty members, and close interaction among students who move through the program as a group. It also provides asynchronous course meetings that allow students to attend classes and access course materials according to their schedules.

Its curriculum consists of 18 credits of core courses, 15 credits of courses in the health administration or public sector management and leadership track, and a comprehensive exam.

On-campus M.P.A. Degree Program

The on-campus M.P.A. degree program at California State University, Northridge is ideal for working adults who can attend face-to-face classes.

Classes generally meet in the evenings and on weekends, and students can take courses in any sequence at their own pace.

The course of study includes 5 core courses (15 credits), 6 courses in a specialty area (18 credits), and a comprehensive exam (3 credits). Specialty areas include non-profit sector management, public sector management and leadership, and urban studies and planning.

Off-campus M.P.A. Degree Programs

To better serve the region, California State University, Northridge offers its M.P.A. degree program at sites in several cities including Glendale, Los Angeles, and Ventura.

The curriculum includes 5 core courses (15 credits), 6 courses in a specialty area (18 credits), and a comprehensive exam (3 credits). Specialty areas include non-profit sector management and public sector management and leadership.

Graduate Certificate Programs

California State University, Northridge offers graduate certificate programs in health administration, non-profit sector management, and urban studies and planning that can be completed in only 1 year of study.

They allow professionals in the public and non-profit sectors to strengthen their professional skills and leadership abilities without expending the cost and time required to earn Master of Public Administration degrees.

The curricula, which are offered in the cohort format, consist of 5 to 6 courses.

Distinguished Faculty Members

Faculty members for the M.P.A. degree program include accomplished professors from various departments within the university as well as talented practicing professionals.

For example, Dr. James David Ballard, professor of sociology, has authored more than 50 articles, book chapters, and governmental documents regarding terrorist attacks on radioactive waste facilities and nuclear waste shipments.

Dr. Paul D. Krivonos, professor of communication studies, has written books and articles on topics concerning communication and management. He is also a communication and management consultant who has presented seminars and workshops in several countries including Australia, Fiji, South Africa, and the United States.

Tseng College: Graduate, International, and Midcareer Education

The M.P.A. degree program is offered through the Tseng College at California State University, Northridge (CSUN).

The college provides programs for midcareer professionals, international students, and regional employers, and it specializes in graduate and certificate programs that prepare students for career advancement in emerging fields.

Its programs are designed to meet the needs of working adults with busy schedules. Thus, programs are offered online, on-campus, and off-campus as well as in blended formats; classes typically meet during evenings and on weekends; and courses are offered year-round.

California State University, Northridge

Established in 1958, California State University, Northridge is committed to helping students achieve their educational and professional goals.

It offers nearly 36,000 students 64 bachelor's, 58 master's, and 2 doctoral programs as well as 55 teaching credential programs.

Cal State Northridge's campus is situated on 356-acres in Northridge, California in the western region of the United States.


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California State University, Northridge Master of Public Administration

The Tseng College of Extended Learning
California State University, Northridge

Northridge, CA

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