College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

Masters in Public Administration

The Master’s Program in Public Administration at Cal Poly Pomona offers coursework leading to a Masters of Public Administration (MPA). The MPA is housed within the university's Department of Political Science. The main goal of the MPA is to provide scholarly and professional education to students who wish to prepare themselves for higher degrees and for administrative careers and leadership positions in government. While the majority of graduates take positions in American local, state, and national governments, the degree program may lead to work in international and other organizations, such as private foundations, nonprofit organizations, interest groups, and other community institutions and businesses.

Our Mission

To provide an academic and professional graduate education to people preparing themselves for careers in public affairs and/or administration.

Our Goals

To promote excellence in governance by developing the knowledge, skills and abilities needed for careers in government and not-for-profit agencies. The program seeks to develop the following competencies in students:

  • To lead and manage, including human, fiscal, information and related resources
  • To contribute to the public policy process
  • To develop the interpersonal and analytical skills needed to decide, implement, and evaluate public policies and programs
  • To promote the public interest and articulate and apply a public service perspective
  • To serve diverse populations and needs.