Public Administration

San Francisco State University

24 months
8704 USD/year
8704 USD/year
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The Public Administration program of San Francisco State University seeks to develop foundational knowledge and analytical skills in public policy, public administration, and research.

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The Public Administration program of San Francisco State University offers eight elective themes to guide course selection for student specialization. They are criminal justice administration, environmental administration, gerontology administration, nonprofit administration, public management, public policy, and urban administration. Students may also self-design a theme by choosing courses relevant to their professional interests offered by other departments and programs throughout the University.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Meet challenges of rapidly changing world
  • Lead and manage in public governance
  • Apply a wide range of knowledge about the public service
  • Apply a wide range of knowledge about an elective area within public service
  • Evidence professional skills necessary for the public service
  • Participate in and contribute to the public policy process
  • Analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems and make decisions
  • Articulate and apply a public service perspective
  • Communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry
  • Write effectively and concisely for an audience of professionals
  • Present effectively to small and large groups
  • Word effectively in groups and teams
  • Communicate and work to ensure social justice, equity and other public service values highlighted by the Program

Career paths

Well-trained, competent, and ethical professionals are in high demand in all sectors. Graduates from the MPA program emerge with proficiency in theoretical foundations of public administration, a combination of technical professional skills and soft leadership skills and high levels of analytical competency. They graduate with a portfolio of applied field projects that demonstrate those skills and competencies. Our graduates serve in a wide array of local, state, and federal government agencies, domestic and international nonprofit organizations, and research and consulting firms. A few pursue Ph.D.s at other universities to enter into a career in higher education.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundations of Governance and Management
  • Design and Consumption of Research
  • Applied Data Analysis
  • Policy Process and Civic Engagement
  • Organization Design and Change Management
  • Performance Management and Planning

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
3 (required)
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
7 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
80 (required)
PTE admission requirements PTE Academic 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. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Statement of purpose to the SF State MPA Program
  • Your current resume
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation. These should be from individuals who know the candidate well and can address their potential for succeeding in graduate school. The letters do not have to be from faculty members at an academic institution, they can be from supervisors or others familiar with the candidate's work.
  • English language proficiency

Tuition Fee

  • International

    8704 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8704 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    8704 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8704 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.


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