About Us

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The Master of Public Policy and Administration is an interdisciplinary program designed to equip its 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 program differs from other similar programs in that it focuses 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. The proximity offers significant advantages to students in the program, providing them with a ready "laboratory" for observing the policy and administrative issues they will confront professionally and for gaining experience alongside existing practitioners in public policy and administration. In particular, the program’s internship feature is greatly strengthened by the placements available in California state government, local government and related organizations.

The program’s curricular design and scheduling of courses allow students to complete the program in four semesters if enrolled full-time. In addition, part-time students may complete the program under a five- or six-semester schedule. Classes are scheduled in the late afternoon and evening hours to accommodate the scheduling interests of students who are employed in the daytime or who have other obligations that require evening schedules. While most of our classes are offered on campus, some of our classes are located in downtown Sacramento (about six blocks from the State Capitol).


Established in 1989...

Photo of Cristy JensenIn 1989, Professor Emeritus Cristy Jensen founded the Department in its current incarnation, as a stand alone graduate program. Since then we have awarded more than 400 MPPA degrees (and counting!). Many of our alumni have gone on to become well respected professionals in the fields of public policy and public administration.

In 2006-07, the Department established the "Cristy Jensen Distinguished Graduate in Public Policy and Administration" award to honor those students who, during their graduate career with us, exemplified Dr. Jensen's commitment to academic excellence and public service.

Information Request

You can request information on-line or by calling (916) 278-6557 or by writing us at:
Department of Public Policy and Administration
California State University, Sacramento
6000 J Street, mailstop 6081
Sacramento, CA 95819.