Goldman School of Public Policy - University of California, Berkeley

Master of Public Affairs (MPA)

Leadership for a changing world

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Designed for mid-career professionals in the public, private and non-profit sectors, the MPA curriculum focuses on public policy and 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.

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