Graduate Programs

Public Policy and Administration


MPPA Concentration: Collaborative Governance; Judicial Administration

Certificates: Collaborative Governance; Judicial Administration

Public Policy and Administration offers interdisciplinary programs designed to equip graduates with conceptual, analytic, and problem-solving skills and experiences enabling them to deal with public sector policy and administrative issues, problems, and opportunities. The Sacramento State programs differ from other similar programs in that they focus on California State and local levels of government. This attractive feature is facilitated by the proximity of the Sacramento State campus to the main operations of the California state government.

Admission as a classified graduate student in Public Policy and Administration requires:

  • the baccalaureate degree;
  • a GPA of 3.0 for all undergraduate coursework and in the last 60 units;
  • results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test;
  • completion of: STAT 1, ECON 1B, and GOVT 1 (or their equivalents at other colleges or universities as determined by the Department Chair);
  • a written statement of purpose from one to two pages in length (typewritten), addressing the applicant's purpose in pursuing the Master of Public Policy and Administration;
  • a minimum score of 560 (220 if computer-based) on the TOEFL (this requirement applies only to students earning degrees abroad whose primary language is not English); and
  • three letters of recommendation from individuals with knowledge of the applicant's academic and professional potential.

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