Master On Campus

Public Policy and Administration

California Lutheran University

18 months
785 USD/credit 20410 USD/year
785 USD/credit 20410 USD/year
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The Public Policy and Administration program at California Lutheran University is a unique hybrid designed to illuminate both sides of the work needed to create and manage public policy. You'll combine a big-picture understanding of the issues we face with techniques to create solutions and manage their implementation.


Program Highlights

As the purpose and scope of today's private, public, and nonprofit organizations become more complex, so too does the role of the administrative and policy-making professionals who lead them.

Our Master of Public Policy and Administration program is designed to position you to meet and exceed these evolving demands through a highly respected, practical, and flexible program of study that blends practice and theory.

The program is flexible as it offers courses at two of our convenient campus locations — Thousand Oaks and Oxnard. The program is delivered over four 11-week terms each year, with both on-campus and online classes available: Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer.

Get to know your professors

The Public Policy and Administration program at California Lutheran University is an interactive academic experience in classes that average fewer than 15 students. You will receive instruction and mentoring from faculty members with real-world expertise and accomplishments in the fields of labor relations, law, public policy, criminal justice, ethics, budgeting and finance, immigration policy, human resource management, health care, and more.

Career Opportunities

Cal Lutheran Public Policy and Administration graduates have found new or higher positions in the private sectors as public relations officers, college professors and insurance executives. In the public and non-profit sector, they are working as:

  • City managers
  • Public-safety administrators
  • Lobbyists
  • Human resource managers
  • Police and correctional management
  • Policy analysts
  • Recreation directors
  • Mental health directors
  • Directors of philanthropic organizations
  • School administrators
  • Managers in federal, state and city offices

Nationwide, MPPA graduates have secured such posts as public affairs officers in private organizations, financial administrators, museum directors, federal law enforcement officers, federal administrators, military officers, judicial administrators, city and county managers, state executives and marketing directors.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Ethics in Public Policy and Administration 
  • Public Administration Theory 
  • Implementation and Analysis of Public Policy 
  • Law and Public Policy
  • Local Economic Development 
  • Strategic Planning 
  • Sacramento Institute

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

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39 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

English requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

A completed application and application fee (non-refundable).Graduate Program Advisement with a graduate admission counselor.

Official transcripts showing a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. Normally a grade point average of approximately 3.0 in upper division undergraduate work is expected.  

Two letters of recommendation

A personal statement

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores may be waived for candidates who present an official transcript of previous college work from a regionally accredited college or university reflecting any one of the following criteria:

  • An undergraduate, upper-division grade point average of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
  • A minimum of nine credits of graduate course work completed with a 3.50 grade point average
  • A previously earned master's degree 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20410 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 785 USD per credit during 18 months.
  • National

    20410 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 785 USD per credit during 18 months.

Living costs for California

1570 - 2658 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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