College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Electives & Areas of Interest


Electives (12 Semester hours)

The second academic component of the MPA is a concentration area, chosen by the student to serve his or her academic and career goals. These areas include either a class in public law and ethics and additional classes in public management, public policy, human resources, budget and finance or area designed by the student and approved by the Graduate Coordinator.

Regardless of the student's concentration area, when taking courses from other departments and colleges, any prerequisites, sequences, class availability, and admissibility should be discussed with the course instructor. The student's Advisor will assist in picking appropriate courses, but ultimately they must conform to the Program of Study and be reviewed by the Graduate Coordinator.

Suggested Courses in Related Disciplines

Course Description

MPA 5200 Intergovernmental Relations (3)



MPA 5225: City Management (3)

Issues explored: governance structures, federalism, intergovernmental grants, local and
state relationships, legislative and administrative relationships, legislative intent, oversight and
monitoring, intergovernmental decision making, and administrative ethics. 

3 hours 


Explores the theories, issues, and practical realities of being a city manager. 
Integrates public management and policy theory with the practice of city administration
and addresses the ethical challenges faced while attempting to serve and develop
communities. (3 hours) 

MPA 5245 Non -Governmental Organizations (3)

Identifies and assesses the challenges and opportunities facing nonprofits.
Focuses on public benefit charities and this sectors historical roots, tax and
regulatory processes, organizational models, agency planning/management
functions, ethical issues, cross-cultural and international approaches, future
trends and career opportunities. 3 hours

MPA 5265 Emergency Management (3)

Core concepts of emergency and crisis management with an emphasis on the threats that fall under the heading of emergency management, the connections between emergency management and homeland security, and the administrative skills involved in the practice of emergency management, planning, mitigation and response. 3 hours.

MPA 5285 Leadership in Public Organizations (3)
Role of leadership versus management; leadership qualities, skills (such as conflict
management and team building), leadership tasks (envisioning, agenda setting, and
mobilizing resources), leadership in organizational and political setting, the role of
followership and impact of diversity on leadership. 3 hours
MPA 5500 Public Policy Program Evaluation (3)
Public policy history, successes, failures; policy analyst's role, function; relationship to legislative, executive processes; policy alternatives and options, new models for
program development, implementation. 3 hours seminar
MPA 5585 Urban Governance Policy and Administration (3)
The course approaches to urban governance and public policies in both
theoretical and practical manners. Examines current urban issues against the
history of urban development and the politics of cities; addresses the basic
 concepts, institutions and procedures of politics in urban context; discusses
 important urban policy issues, such as urban sprawl, transportation, and public
schools; and debates on the national urban policy and the ongoing reforms
towards urban governance. 3 hours 
MPA 5605 Criminal Justice Politics and Administration (3)
Criminal justice administration concepts, institutions; relationship to legislative
functions and issues; interagency and intergovernmental collaboration; politics of crime, Constitutional issues, ethics, white collar crime, prison reform, rehabilitation, and re-entry issues. 3 hours seminar.

MPA 5655 Community Sustainability Policy (3)

Social, Economic, and Environmental Aspects of Sustainability. Regenerative principles and theories and practices of resilience; mitigation of energy and climate change; roles of government, business, and third sector organizations.   3 hours 
MPA 5990/5990A/5990L Special Topics for Graduate Students (1-3)

Group study of selected topics, the title to be specified in advance. Instruction by lecture, seminar, activity, laboratory, research, or a combination. 
Course may be repeated.
EXAMPLE: Organizational development, change and innovation, models of organization, structure and design; social values. Context of public organization development; legal structure, political issues, public organization innovation; political and executive  leadership characteristics. Faculty team, public administration and business
administration will teach this course. [formerly Qualitative Analytic
 Methods in the Public Sector (3)

Areas of Interest for Electives

Areas of Interest

Recommended Colleges And Courses
(Consult with MPA Director prior to

Courses not seen on this list can be taken if approved by MPA director.
Community Development and Urban Planning

URP 3010  Introduction to Urban Planning

URP 4200/A Methods of Engagement: Participation, Negotiation, Mediation

URP 4220 The Just City

URP 4240 Public Participation

URP 4240/L Community Development and Housing

URP 4370 Planning for Infrastructure

URP 4380 Land Use Entitlements

URP 4390 Infrastructure Finance

URP 4510/A Land Use and Urban Design Policy

URP 4830/A Development Processes

URP 4840/A Neighborhood Development

URP 5400 Planning for Community Change

URP 5340/A Urban Housing and Community Development

Education Administration 

EC 5510 Diversity & Cultural Perspectives

EC 5530 Leadership in Multicultural Commuities of Learners

EDL 5470 Theory, Practice II, and School Improvement Leadership

EDL 5490 Learning to Lead Content Module I: Professional Learning and Growtgh

EDL 5500 Learning to Lead COntent Module III: Organizational and Systems LEadership

EDL 5480 Theory, Practice III, and Community Leadership

EDL 5530 Schoolwide Change Initiative and Candidate Assessment

Environmental Issues and Administration

RS 1110 Intro to Regenerative Studies

RS 3030 Organization for Regenerative Practices

RS 4140 Current Applications in Regenerative Studies: Energy Efficiency and Energy Conservation

RS 4500 Sustainable Communities

RS 4990 Urban Resiliency

URP 4820 California Water

URP 4870 Local/Regional Environmental Planning

URP 4910/A Climate Change

URP 5370 Environmental Policy

Finance and Accounting

EC 4408 Money and Banking

EC 4407 History of Economic Thought

EC 4430 Economic Development