Trying to decide on a school program to earn your MPA can be especially challenging in a state as large as California. The various options offered at state school campus locations as well as the various online options can make the choice a difficult one.
We’ve comprised a directory of all the different MPA school options available in California to help and provide state-specific information. You’ll not only better understand the MPA degree but also where to start looking after you graduate.
We cannot reiterate enough that diligent research is a must when you’re looking to find an MPA program that best suits you.
You will want to consider things like available course schedules, overall program cost, or which school is geographically closest to you. Decide which factors are the most important and then narrow your selection down and see if there are major differentiators between program.
Consider a Featured Online MPA Program
|School and Program Information||Online Program?||GRE Requirements||Course Information|
|check_circle Online||No GMAT or GRE Required||Graduate in as few as 18 months. Eight concentrations to choose from: Criminal Justice & Public Safety, Fiscal Management, International, Municipal, Nonprofit Management, Policy Analysis, Public Administration Leadership & Crisis Management, Public Works and Sustainability.|
|University of North Carolina
Online Master of Public Administration (MPA)
MPA @ UNC
|check_circle Online||GRE Waivers available||Complete in as little as 18 months, includes a Practical Work Experience practicum at a public service organization.|
|George Washington University
Online MS in Political Management
Online Master of Professional Studies in Strategic Public Relations
|check_circle Online||Ask representative.||100% online MS in Political Management program, no entrance exam for those that qualify. Earn a GW degree in as few as 18 months.|
Online Master of Public Administration and Policy (MPAP)
Master's in Public Policy (MPP)
|check_circle Online||Ask representative.||Graduate with your MPAP in 24 months|
|Anna Maria College
Online Master of Public Administration
|check_circle Online||No entrance exam or thesis required.||5 MPA specializations: Criminal Justice, Emergency Management, Fire and Emergency Services, General, Homeland Security|
Finding the Uniqueness in Each California MPA Program
The Cal State Los Angeles MPA program is accredited by NASPAA (Network of Schools of Policy, Affairs and Administration) and is housed within the political science department.
University of Southern California (USC) has an MPA program that they highlight is ranked fourth overall by US News & World Report in the public management specialty. The USC program also highlights an alumni network that can be utilized by graduates as well as paid internship possibilities unique to their program.
It will be up to you to find those unique factors for each school program and decide which one is most important to you.
Earn a top-ranked Master of Public Administration online from UNC-Chapel Hill without relocating. MPA @ UNC can be completed in as few as 18 months and no public service experience is required to apply. Advanced degree GRE waivers are available to those who qualify.
Click for admissions information at OnlineMPA.UNC.edu
The Master of Public Administration program at Norwich University can equip you with the skills necessary to become a more effective leader and make a positive difference. Graduate in as few as 18 months with 100% online coursework and no GRE or GMAT required. Choose from one of eight concentrations which include Criminal Justice and Public Safety, Policy Analysis and Analytics, Nonprofit Management and Public Works and Sustainability.
Earn a master’s degree from a top-ranked school for public affairs. American University brings DC to you with the online Master of Public Administration and Policy (MPAP), combining our nationally recognized and NASPAA-accredited Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) and Master’s in Public Policy (MPP) degree programs into one foundational, highly marketable credential. Click here for more program information.
In the online Master's in Political Management program at George Washington University, you can learn applied politics from the world’s leading practitioners and experts. Receive personal feedback from them as you develop your strategic sense, tactical skills and capacity for principled political leadership in electoral, advocacy and other public arenas.
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Top California MPA Related Careers
Before picking specific careers out that you wish to pursue upon earning your MPA, you will need to determine if you want to serve in government, executive roles, non-profit sectors, or even marketing. Roles like the City Administrator can be good options for MPA graduates or leadership positions in area-specific non-profits. We have provided some California BLS data (source) with related MPA careers.
|Job Classification||2016 National Median Annual Salary||National Estimated Job Growth (2014 – 2024)||Estimated Jobs in California||Annual Mean Salary in California|
|Advertising, Promotions, and Marketing Managers|
|Public Relations and Fundraising Managers|
You’ll want to start looking at different California companies and government entities that tend to look for MPA graduates to make your future job search easier. Here are some examples to get you started:
- University of California and UCLA might be looking to hire public administration professors as well as analysts to work on the administrative side of the university.
- Cities within California like Glendale, Vernon, and others could have planner or public administrator jobs within local government.
- Non-profit organizations like the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles or Community HousingWorks might be looking for leadership positions related to fundraising.