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Public Administration - Public Sector Management and Leadership, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
, CA, | Online
The Public Administration - Public Sector Management and Leadership option within California State University Northridge 's MPA program develops and enhances management skills, enabling graduates to function more effectively within all types of public organizations.


The Public Administration - Public Sector Management and Leadership option within California State University Northridge emphasizes both the quantitative aspects of management (i.e., decisions based on analytical data) and the human dynamics of leadership. By emphasizing conceptual and professional development, the program offers a well-rounded perspective of the field and develops leaders with a broad understanding at both the organizational and theoretical levels.

Most participants come to the program with highly specialized knowledge that reflects their experience within a particular area of expertise. The program's integrated curriculum provides graduates with a broader perspective as well as a conceptual vocabulary for leading agencies through increasingly complex issues. The program also emphasizes systems thinking, which gives participants an understanding of the external and internal forces that impact decision-making and problem-solving at their agencies.

To meet the needs of participants and the organizations they serve, this program is offered not only online but also on-campus and off-campus.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Seminar in Public Administration & Its Environment
  • Seminar in Public Policy Process
  • Research Methods in Public Administration
  • Seminar in Organization Theory and Human Behavior
  • Public Budgeting and Financial Administration
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Detailed Programme Facts

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

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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    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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Academic Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university;
  • A 3.0 cumulative grade-point average (GPA) or higher;
  • Successful completion of the Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE). Applicants who score a minimum of 3 in the Analytical Writing section of the GRE are exempt from the UDWPE.

Work Experience

At least 2 year(s) of work experience are required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13020 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 26028 USD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    13020 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 26028 USD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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  • Cost per unit $723

Living costs for Los Angeles

  • 1520 - 2570 USD/month
    Living Costs

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