Goldman School of Public Policy - University of California, Berkeley

Master of Public Affairs (MPA)

Designed for mid-career professionals in the public, private and non-profit sectors, the MPA curriculum focuses on economic analysis, management, strategic thinking, ethical leadership, and negotiations.

Students enjoy personal attention in small classes, and join a network of professionals and executives leading the charge to shape government, business and non-profits.

Classes are taught by top faculty, researchers and practitioners who are on the leading edge of today's most pressing public policy issues: climate change, energy, education, poverty, and the political process.

  • The centerpiece of the program is a ten-week summer suite of classes offered in the intimate setting of the Goldman School, the top-ranked public policy analysis school in the United States, which can be completed in one summer, or split over two consecutive summers*.
  • During the fall and spring semesters, students complete the program by taking courses in-person or online.
  • Applying the skills learned throughout the program, each MPA student, with faculty guidance, conducts their Capstone Project, which is an analysis of a significant policy or programmatic challenge or opportunity facing an orgainzation. Students work to address a problem, challenge or missed opportunity facing the organization and propose recommendations that may lead to significant changes in policy and organizational management practices.
  • The collaborative structure of the MPA program facilitates a space for sharing of expertise and worldviews that not only enriches the academic experience, but also forges bonds that make your network as deep as it is wide.

For additional information, please complete the form below.  For questions, please email mpa@berkeley.edu.  

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*Students who choose the two consecutive summers option will incur additional fees.