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Public Administration - Non-Profit Sector Management, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
, CA,
The Master of Public Administration - Non-Profit Sector Management course at California State University Northridge is the appropriate professional degree program for administrators who are currently employed in the public, private or nonprofit sectors and who wish to improve their management knowledge and skills.

About

The program has been designed to provide an academically sound and effective course of study for mid-career professionals who have successfully earned their baccalaureate or master’s degrees in fields other than public administration, but whose career paths and interests have heightened their need for advanced professional study and preparation in public administration.

Because most MPA students are busy professionals, the program is designed to fit their schedules and is offered in two formats—open enrollment and cohort. Students joining the open-enrollment MPA have the flexibility of taking classes at their own convenience. In the cohort model, a group of approximately 25 students moves through the program as a unit, starting and finishing at the same time. The schedule is fixed and classes, which are offered off campus, are guaranteed for each cohort student.

Student Learning Outcomes

The educational goals of the Master of Public Administration - Non-Profit Sector Management program at California State University Northridge focus on the skills, abilities, and habits of mind that a public and non-profit sectors professional would need to act in a leadership role in public sector and non-profit administrative service. Through the MPA program a program graduate should:

  • Gain the ability to critically analyze, create or improve, and implement, effective public policy in public sector programs and services.
  • Acquire the foundation knowledge needed to understand the distinctive character and responsibilities of public sector administration in a democratic society.
  • Acquire the breadth and depth of knowledge about the challenges and model practices of contemporary public sector administration needed to be effective in that context.
  • Acquire an understanding of the special challenges and opportunities of public sector administration in a diverse urban context.
  • Develop the skills and theoretical knowledge needed to redesign public sector organizations, staff and delivery systems; as well as develop an understanding of the importance of cooperative and collaboration across unit lines and with external and community partners.
  • Refine the ethical reasoning skills needed to address the complex value challenges that face those in public sector administration.
  • Develop foundation of financial management skills needed to critically analyze, develop, implement, and openly and ethically manage budgets and resources in the public sector.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Seminar in Public Administration and its Environment
  • Research Methods for Public Administration
  • Organization Theory and Human Behavior
  • Public Budgeting and Financial Administration
  • Seminar in Public Policy Process
  • Intergovernmental Relations
  • Overview of Nonprofit Organizational Management
  • Strategic Planning, Needs Assessment and Program Design
  • Issues and Problems in Human Resources, Board and Volunteer Management in Non-Profits
  • Non-Profit Finance and Financial Management

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    36 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    79

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    58

    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
  • Successful completion of the Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE). Applicants who score a minimum of 3 on the Analytical Writing section of the GRE are exempt from the UDWPE.
  • Tuition Fee

    • International

      8322 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 8322 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
    • National

      8322 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 8322 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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    Living costs for Los Angeles

    • 1520 - 2570 USD/month
      Living Costs

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