Master On Campus

Public Administration

University of the Pacific

12 months
1421 USD/credit 42630 USD/year
1421 USD/credit 42630 USD/year
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McGeorge School of Law from University of the Pacific, offers the Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree to both full-time students and to those earning a professional degree while working.


Graduates will be ready to advance their careers or start a career in management and leadership positions in a wide range of public-focused organizations including:

  • Government agencies
  • International/Multilateral organizations
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Public Interest/Advocacy
  • Consulting

As the only Public Administration program from University of the Pacific offered by an accredited law school in California, special attention is given to statutes, regulations, and strategic use of legal processes. The 36-unit core curriculum is built around student engagement in spirited policy discussions with faculty, while learning about innovative management approaches from experienced professionals. Students may also choose to pursue a concentration consisting of two or more courses (6 units) in addition to the 36-unit core curriculum. The 36-unit requirement is for student enrolling in Fall 2022. Current students should refer to catalog requirements.

Courses emphasize:

  • Foundations of public action based in statutes and regulations
  • Importance of values for public action
  • Competencies in strategic leadership and systemic change
  • Analytical skills required for public management
  • Analysis, design, and implementation of public policies

Pending WSCUC approval, at least 50% of course contact hours in the program will be online with hybrid learning. The exact amount of online instruction for an individual course will vary between 25% and 100% according to the unique characteristics of the class. Please contact the Public Policy Programs department for questions or for more information.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Leaders, Organization Behavior
  • Systemic Change 
  • Values, Roles & Skills
  • Capstone: Strategic Management
  • Conflicted, Complex, & Uncertain
  • Budgets, Financial Management

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A current resume which includes all relevant professional experience.

  • Your recommenders will be required to submit their recommendations in the GradCAS system. Two letters are required, but you may submit up to four. Letters of recommendation should be from anyone who can speak to your professional skills and your ability to succeed at the graduate level.

A personal statement that describes your interest in public service and addresses the following:

  • Your purpose in pursuing the MPA or MPP degree at Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law
  • A general sense of what you hope to achieve with your degree after graduating

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    42630 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1421 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    42630 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1421 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Stockton

1100 - 1600 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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