Apply for Master of Public Administration in Sacramento

USC Price Sacramento class

The USC Price School offers its signature degree in Sacramento: the Master of Public Administration.

Earn an outstanding education at a major research university without leaving Northern California. All courses are taught by distinguished full-time USC faculty as well as adjunct professors from the local policy-making, private, and nonprofit sectors.

The MPA Sacramento program is designed to accommodate working professionals. Courses are typically scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays with a few Friday classes offered in either 2-day blocks or 3-day blocks. Full-time students attend classes one to two weekends per month and will know their schedules far in advance. This intensive, interactive format allows busy professionals to successfully manage the demands a USC Price education while also having the ability to advance in their careers.

Elective courses toward the Master of Public Policy, Master of Health Administration, and Executive Master of Health Administration degrees are also offered at the USC State Capital Center.

Sacramento MPA Course Sequencing

YEAR 1 Fall Spring Summer
Required PPD 540 Public Administration and Society (4)

PPD 501ab Economics for Policy, Planning and Development (2/2)

*PPD 502x Statistical Foundations for Public Management and Policy (2)

PPD 545 Human Behavior in Public Organizations (4)

PPD 500 Intersectoral Leadership (2)

**PPD 543 Internship Seminar (1)

PPD 542 Policy and Program Evaluation (4)
Elective Options PPD 554 Foundations of Public Policy Analysis (4)

PPD 599 Local Government Elective (4)

PPD 599 Health Elective (2)

*If statistics requirement not met, student must enroll in PPD 502x
**If pre-service requirement not met, student must enroll in PPD 543

YEAR 2 Fall Spring Summer
Required PPD 541 Public Financial Management and Budgeting (4)

Elective (4)

PPD 546 Capstone in Public Administration (4)

Elective (4)

Elective (4)
Elective Options PPD 657 Political Leadership in Public Organizations (4) PPD 555 Public Policy Formulation and Implementation (4)

PPD 656 Political Management: Theory and Applied Techniques (4)

PPD 658 Advocacy in Public Administration (4)

Sacramento MPA Application Process

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1) Learn More About the MPA Degree Program in Sacramento

    • Attend an informational meeting to learn details about the degree program.


  • Stop by our table at a college campus recruitment fair near you. We frequently visit college campuses and hold admissions forums in Northern California cities. Review the recruitment schedule and visit us at an upcoming event.

2) Schedule a meeting to discuss the MPA Sacramento Program. Contact Marianne Sims, or (916) 637-8963.

3) Submit an application.