Policies of the Masters in Public Administration are governed by the standards of California State Polytechnic University Pomona, the College of Letters Arts and Social Sciences, the Department of Political Science and the oversight board, Masters in Public Administration Advisory Council (MIPAAC).
The MPA program will encourage students to join professional organizations in public policy and public administration.
The MPA Program at Cal Poly Pomona, like the Political Science program of which it is an integral part, enjoys a richly diverse environment. It is the world we live in and in many ways the world that the rest of the US will come to live in, in the future. We reflect our environment in this regard. We are a diverse faculty in terms of gender and ethnicity. Diversity is integrated into our course materials, lectures and visiting lecturer participation such as MPA 503 (human relations), MPA 506 (administrative law) and MPA 507 (ethics). This is entirely fitting for a program committed to educating public servants who seek to become change agents within their communities.
It is not enough to enjoy the benefits of our good fortune unreflectively. Consequently, the Program is committed to ways in which our multiple faceted diversity moves us toward our program goals, helping us better prepare ourselves to serve diverse communities.
Academically qualified is defined by the policies and procedures of the university’s Retention, Tenure and Promotion process as informed by the Department of Political Science’s RTP policy approved by the College of Letters, Arts and Social Science. In brief the standards require an advanced degree in political science, public administration and/or related field, peer and student evaluations, participation in the profession through paper presentation at appropriate associations, publications and/or community service.
Professionally qualified is defined by the policies and standards of the university’s adjunct professor guidelines and administered by the chair of the PLS Retention Tenure and Promotion committee. In brief the standards require an advanced degree, peer reviews and/or letters of recommendation, student evaluations if appropriate, ongoing managerial and/or program responsibility in public and/or not-for-profit organization and/or participation in a local, regional and/or national professional association in a scholarly or professional capacity.
The course load for full time in service students (those employed in the public or non-governmental sector) is 48 units. The course load for pre service students (those who are not employed in the public or NGO sectors) is 52 units.
Students taking a full time load of 2 courses for each quarter (fall, winter, and spring) will complete classes in approximately 2 years.
In addition to course work, students are required under state law to complete a culminating paper. If students wait until they have completed all course work before beginning the culminating paper, additional time will be required. At a minimum it takes 2 quarters to complete the culminating paper. However, the length of time to complete the paper depends on the student and his/her interests and circumstances.
Students are encouraged to use the summer quarter wisely by: completing the 400 hours required for an internship when necessary, drafting chapters of their culminating paper, drafting the IRB proposal for approval and/or collecting and analyzing data.
Students electing to take less than a full time load will proceed more slowly through the program. The CSU and university limit for time in a graduate program may not exceed 7 years from the date of enrollment for the first graduate class.