Public Administration


Masters Degree


Degree Details
  • Required Major Units
    36
  • Cost Per Unit
    $607
  • Estimated Major Cost
    $22k
  • Avg. Completion (Months)
    16
  • Accreditation
    WASC Accredited

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Master of Public Administration



Overview

The most recognized degree in the public service field, an online Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree program increases not only your value within an organization, but the value you bring to society as a whole. An MPA degree from CBU Online prepares leaders in local, state and federal government agencies, as well as non-profit organizations in the quest to better serve the diverse needs of society. A Master of Public Administration degree prepares you to become an effective leader, equipped with the practical knowledge and skills to affect positive change.

Uniquely interdisciplinary, CBU Online’s Master of Public Administration degree program balances core competencies critical to becoming a successful leader, with a worldview designed to broaden your perspective of public service. Covering the key areas of finance, leadership, technology, public policy and political processes, MPA courses also develop essential skills in critical thinking, decision making, team development and human resource management. MPA graduates come away from the program with a thorough grasp of the history and theory of public administration, as well as the ability to put those theories into practice to improve operations in the organizations they serve and shape.

While providing the intellectual tools you need to achieve your career goals, CBU Online’s MPA program also imparts ethical values key to serving the public good. Integrating the university’s faith-based education philosophy, the MPA program develops accountable leaders who understand the importance of maintaining legitimacy, improving the efficiency and effectiveness of organizations and what it means to equitably and fairly serve the public. Emphasizing ethical professional qualities such as integrity, accountability, honesty and faith, MPA coursework encourage students to consider the ethical impact of their organizations’ policies and their own actions. As a result, online Master of Public Administration degree graduates become a positive force not only within their profession, but within their communities.

Consistent with the University student outcomes, upon completion of the Master of Public Administration degree, graduates will be able to:

  1. Appraise the theoretical and historical foundations of field of professional public administration thereby enabling students to critically think and to link theory with practice as they address current issues in the public and non-profit sector.
  2. Develop an ethical perspective based on the public service values of personal integrity, accountability, the public’s interest, and equity and fairness.
  3. Develop and apply their knowledge and skills to make a practical difference in the quality of operations in organizations and in communities.
  4. Effectively and professionally communicate to advance, strengthen, and maintain the legitimacy of public administration.
  5. Practice scholarly and applied research activities.

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Course Requirements

Core Requirements (33 units)

History and Theory of Public Administration

History and Theory of Public Administration

This course traces the historical development of the intellectual and theoretical foundations of modern public administration beginning with Woodrow Wilson's essay concerning the politics administration dichotomy through the multitude of more modern theories. It includes an overview of the responsibilities of public administration professionals within a democratic society, a description of the history and development of the field of public administration, and an introduction to ethical issues faced by public administrators. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Fall 2017
MPA510 BE Session 1
09/05/2017
10/29/2017
Online N/A N/A Sundstrom, Linda-Marie
Spring 2018
MPA510 AE Session 1
01/08/2018
03/04/2018
Online N/A N/A Sundstrom, Linda-Marie
Summer 2018
MPA510 AE Session 1
05/07/2018
07/01/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Fall 2018
MPA510 BE Session 1
09/04/2018
10/28/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2019
MPA510 AE Session 1
01/07/2019
03/03/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2019
MPA510 AE Session 1
05/06/2019
06/30/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Leadership and Management

Leadership and Management

This course is designed to create a deeper understanding of leadership at the cognitive, experiential, and implementation level. Students will integrate and apply theoretical concepts, improve collaborative management skills, and explore their individual philosophies of leadership. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Summer 2018
MPA520 BE Session 1
05/07/2018
07/01/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2018
MPA520 AE Session 1
05/07/2018
07/01/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2019
MPA520 AE Session 1
05/06/2019
06/30/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2019
MPA520 BE Session 1
05/06/2019
06/30/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Public Finance and Budgeting

Public Finance and Budgeting

This course analyzes theories and strategies of resource allocation as a basis for managing revenues and debt in government. It focuses on budgeting as a tool for controlling both operations and policy at all levels of government. Students will gain knowledge of the role of government in a market economy, how local, state and federal governments raise the money they spend, and why expenditures are channeled toward certain critical areas in the economy under conditions of market failure. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Fall 2017
MPA530 CE Session 1
09/05/2017
10/29/2017
Online N/A N/A Groves, Beth A.
Fall 2017
MPA530 BE Session 1
09/05/2017
10/29/2017
Online N/A N/A Holguin, Jesus H.
Fall 2018
MPA530 BE Session 1
09/04/2018
10/28/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Public Personnel Management

Public Personnel Management

This course provides a solid groundwork for the study of labor-management negotiations grounded in theory by analyzing and describing the nature and extent of labor-management negotiations, the suspected causes of conflict, and the internal and environmental influences on these changes. It covers what most experts believe are the critical issues in labor-management negotiations and collective bargaining in the public sector, and analyzes crucial policy issues. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Summer 2018
MPA540 BE Session 1
05/07/2018
07/01/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2018
MPA540 AE Session 1
05/07/2018
07/01/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2019
MPA540 CE Session 1
05/06/2019
06/30/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2019
MPA540 AE Session 1
05/06/2019
06/30/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2019
MPA540 BE Session 1
05/06/2019
06/30/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Conflict Resolution & Labor Negotiations

Conflict Resolution & Labor Negotiations

This course provides a comprehensive approach to conflict resolution with an emphasis on public sector labor negotiations. Students will evaluate and will critically analyze theoretical, collaborative and practical approaches associated with conflict resolution, negotiation and consensus building in the workplace. Case study examinations will include root causes and dynamics of conflict, various methods of conflict analysis and resolution techniques, reflective practice, third party roles, and ethics as it applies to the position of the legitimate and accountable administrator. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Summer 2018
MPA545 AE Session 2
07/02/2018
08/26/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2018
MPA545 BE Session 2
07/02/2018
08/26/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2019
MPA545 AE Session 2
07/01/2019
08/25/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2019
MPA545 BE Session 2
07/01/2019
08/25/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2019
MPA545 CE Session 2
07/01/2019
08/25/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Statistical Analysis for Public Administrators

Statistical Analysis for Public Administrators

This course provides an introduction to statistical analysis and its application to research and decision-making for public administrators. The emphasis is on the collection and analysis of quantitative data using PASW and Excel. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability concepts, confidence intervals, data collection, and data analysis - including parametric and nonparametric data analysis using PASW and Excel. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Fall 2017
MPA560 DE Session 1
09/05/2017
10/29/2017
Online N/A N/A Kircher, Patricia L.
Fall 2017
MPA560 FE Session 1
09/05/2017
10/29/2017
Online N/A N/A Kircher, Patricia L.
Fall 2018
MPA560 FE Session 1
09/04/2018
10/28/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Fall 2018
MPA560 CE Session 1
09/04/2018
10/28/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Fall 2018
MPA560 DE Session 1
09/04/2018
10/28/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Public Policy Analysis

Public Policy Analysis

This course examines the activities of government and the consequences of these actions. Through the application of analytical techniques, the student will gain an understanding of the nature of public policy and various ways in which it may be approached. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Spring 2018
MPA570 CE Session 1
01/08/2018
03/04/2018
Online N/A N/A Kircher, Patricia L.
Spring 2018
MPA570 AE Session 1
01/08/2018
03/04/2018
Online N/A N/A Groves, Beth A.
Spring 2019
MPA570 BE Session 1
01/07/2019
03/03/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2019
MPA570 AE Session 1
01/07/2019
03/03/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Legal and Ethical Issues

Legal and Ethical Issues

This course examines the basic legal and ethical concepts and challenges facing public administrators. The lectures, readings, and class discussions will be used to identify principles that might guide legal and ethical choices, and to show the practical impacts of these principles. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Spring 2018
MPA580 BE Session 1
01/08/2018
03/04/2018
Online N/A N/A Rickman, Tracy Eugene
Spring 2019
MPA580 AE Session 1
01/07/2019
03/03/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2019
MPA580 BE Session 1
01/07/2019
03/03/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Political Economy

Political Economy

This course examines the interrelationship of political and economic factors that influence both public political and economic outcomes. Key means of analysis will include application of micro- and macro-economic theories to obtain better understandings of political and administrative decision-making processes. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Fall 2017
MPA585 AE Session 2
10/30/2017
12/23/2017
Online N/A N/A Rickman, Tracy Eugene
Fall 2017
MPA585 BE Session 2
10/30/2017
12/23/2017
Online N/A N/A Kircher, Patricia L.
Fall 2018
MPA585 BE Session 2
10/29/2018
12/22/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Organizational Theory

Organizational Theory

This course is a graduate level introduction to organizational theory. Students will explore the structure and function of public and nonprofit organizations and the behavior of people in them. Exposure to a variety of major theories and perspectives as well as a review of recent research in the discipline will be discussed. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Spring 2018
MPA590 CE Session 2
03/05/2018
04/29/2018
Online N/A N/A Huyck, Kristen J.
Spring 2018
MPA590 BE Session 2
03/05/2018
04/29/2018
Online N/A N/A Holguin, Jesus H.
Spring 2019
MPA590 AE Session 2
03/04/2019
04/28/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2019
MPA590 BE Session 2
03/04/2019
04/28/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Professional Presentation

Professional Presentation

This course examines and prepares students for professional presentation skills within an organization. This course provides students with effective ways of integrating technology, data, narrative information and persuasive oral presentation skills. Practical application and demonstration of skills will be required.(3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Fall 2017
MPA593 BE Session 2
10/30/2017
12/23/2017
Online N/A N/A Ahumada, Elaine
Spring 2018
MPA593 AE Session 2
03/05/2018
04/29/2018
Online N/A N/A Ahumada, Elaine
Summer 2018
MPA593 AE Session 2
07/02/2018
08/26/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Fall 2018
MPA593 BE Session 2
10/29/2018
12/22/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2019
MPA593 AE Session 2
03/04/2019
04/28/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2019
MPA593 AE Session 2
07/01/2019
08/25/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff

Final Requirement (3 units)

Select one of the following sequences: MPA 594 or MPA 597 or MPA 598A and MPA 598B

Comprehensive Examination Seminar

Comprehensive Examination Seminar

This course introduces students to the concepts, approaches and methods of completing a comprehensive exam. Focus will be placed on proper scholarly examination writing techniques as well as a comprehensive review of public administration coursework themes, theories, best practices and applications. Pass/Fail. (3 units)


Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
Fall 2017
MPA594 AE Session 2
10/30/2017
12/23/2017
Online N/A N/A Groves, Beth A.
Spring 2018
MPA594 AE Session 2
03/05/2018
04/29/2018
Online N/A N/A Groves, Beth A.
Summer 2018
MPA594 AE Session 2
07/02/2018
08/26/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Fall 2018
MPA594 AE Session 2
10/29/2018
12/22/2018
Online N/A N/A Staff
Spring 2019
MPA594 AE Session 2
03/04/2019
04/28/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Summer 2019
MPA594 AE Session 2
07/01/2019
08/25/2019
Online N/A N/A Staff
Research Project

Research Project

Students will be engaged in a faculty supervised and approved project that is contoured to their particular career objectives. The format is flexible but should result in a major paper of approximately fifty pages in length. Pass/Fail. (3 units)


Courses will be available in a future semester.


Research Thesis

Research Thesis

This course is a guided development of a research thesis. This course may be repeated once for credit. Students cannot take MPA 598A until their final semester of coursework. Pass/Fail. Prerequisite: Program Director Approval. (2 units)


Courses will be available in a future semester.


Research Thesis Continuation

Research Thesis Continuation

This course is a continuation of the research thesis and may be repeated once for credit. Pass/Fail. Prerequisite: MPA598A. (1 unit)


Courses will be available in a future semester.


Faculty

Elaine Ahumada

Elaine Ahumada, D.P.A.

Program Director

Professor of Public Administration / Chair, History & Government / Director of Masters in Public Administration / Director of the Doctor of Public Administration

Office Phone: (951) 343-3929
Email: eahumada@calbaptist.edu
Department: History & Government
Beth Groves

Beth Groves, D.P.A.(ABD)

Assistant Professor of Public Administration

Office Phone: (951) 343-3948
Email: bgroves@calbaptist.edu
Department: History & Government
Patricia Kircher

Patricia Kircher, D.P.A.

Professor of Political Science

Office Phone: (951) 343-3930
Email: pkircher@calbaptist.edu
Department: History & Government
Mark Kling

Mark P. Kling, D.P.A.

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

Office Phone: (951) 343-3936
Email: mkling@calbaptist.edu
Department: History & Government
Riste Simnjanovski

Riste Simnjanovski, D.P.A.

Dean of Faculty Development / Associate Professor of Public Administration

Office Phone: (951) 343-3968
Email: rsimnjan@calbaptist.edu
Department: History & Government

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree
  • Official sealed transcripts
  • 3 recommendations - Recommendation Form
  • Current Resume
  • 500 word essay covering these areas:

    • Purpose for entering the program
    • Long term professional goals
    • Reasons for choosing to study at California Baptist University

     

    Prerequisites: There are no prerequisite courses; however, applicants should possess one of the following: A baccalaureate degree that demonstrates strong undergraduate preparation in common curriculum requirements including courses in public administration, organizational theory, or public policy; or a  baccalaureate degree in any discipline supplemented with a minimum of five years managerial experience in either the public or private sector.


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Admissions counselor will meet with you to complete the registration process and provide an estimated financial aid award/education financing plan*

Step 5:

Admissions counselor will introduce you to your Academic “One Stop Advisor” to complete your academic degree plan and assist you in navigating your academic career to graduation.





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This serves as an admissions process general guide, may vary based on transfer units, test scores, etc. See your admissions counselor for your personal enrollment plan.

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