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Master of Public Administration (Online)

The most recognized degree in the public service field, an online Master of Public Administration (MPA) increases not only your value within an organization but the value you bring to society as a whole.

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Program Intro

An online MPA degree from CBU 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 prepares you to become an effective leader, equipped with the practical knowledge and skills to affect positive change.

36 Units
16 Months to Completion

*with a full-time course load

$650 +fees Cost Per Unit

*Based on current academic year. Subject to change.

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Why Earn Your Master of Public Administration (Online) at CBU?

Prepare for Service in Public or Nonprofit Organizations


The online Master of Public Administration program empowers service-minded, working professionals to put their creative ideas into action at federal, state and local government agencies as well as at nonprofit organizations.

Put Theory into Practice

The MPA program guides working professionals in addressing complex challenges facing the world by integrating theory and practice. Students will expand their ability to collaborate across sectors, apply public service values and develop creative solutions to address societal problems.

Gain a Biblical Foundation


Faculty teach from a biblically rooted perspective, enabling students to enhance their ability to be compassionate and ethical servant leaders.

Learn Flexibly Online, On Your Schedule

Program Details

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

  1. Lead and manage in public governance.
  2. Participate in and/or contribute to the policy process.
  3. Analyze, synthesize, think, critically, solve problems and make decisions.
  4. Articulate and apply a public service perspective.
  5. Communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry.

MPA 510: 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.

MPA 570: 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.

MPA 540: 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.

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Elaine Ahumada, D.P.A.

Professor of Public Administration
Program Director, Doctor of Public Administration (Online)

Office Phone: 951-343-3929
E-mail: eahumada@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: The Point 212

Beth Groves, D.P.A.

Associate Professor of Public Administration
Program Director, Master of Public Administration (Online)

Office Phone: 951-343-3948
E-mail: bgroves@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: The Point 214

Linda Marie Sundstrom, D.P.A.

Professor of Public Administration

Office Phone: 951-343-2172
E-mail: lsundstrom@calbaptist.edu

Is financial aid available to help pay for online programs?
Our online degrees offer a reputable and more affordable option for earning your bachelor’s, master's or doctorate degree. When pursuing an online degree, students are freed from the financial obligations that accompany some traditional degrees, such as room accommodations, gas and parking. Additionally, CBU has partnered with select employers to provide their employees with the opportunity to improve their career through their educational goals and receive a 20% tuition scholarship. Learn more about tuition and financial aid.

Are CBU's online programs accredited? 
California Baptist University (CBU), which includes all programs offered online, is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Many prospective students are uncertain about which college degrees employers or universities will accept. This regional accreditation by WSCUC means you can be confident that your CBU degree is recognized and respected by schools and companies across the country.

What resources do I need to complete my degree online?
To complete your online degree, you will need access to a computer, Wi-Fi and a word processor like Microsoft Word. These are necessary to access the student learning system and complete your assignments. Some programs may require different resources. Check with your enrollment counselor for specific expectations upon applying for your program, or you can view additional information here.

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When you complete and submit your application to CBU, a friendly and knowledgeable admissions counselor will guide you through the admissions process and all the necessary steps to become a Lancer.

CBU accepts applications for online enrollment throughout the year, and most online degree programs can start at 6 semester entry points per calendar year.

2024 Online Semester Classes Begin
Spring 2024 - Session 2 March 4
Summer 2024 - Session 1 May 6
Summer 2024 - Session 2 July 1
Fall 2024 - Session 1 September 2
Fall 2024 - Session 2 October 28

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Career Possibilities

  • Public Affairs Specialist
  • Development Coordinator
  • Park Manager

*Some career options may require further education.

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Next Steps

Join a growing group of accomplished alumni who earned their degree while balancing career and family goals. To begin your journey at California Baptist University and connect with your God-given calling, request more information or apply today!