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NASPAA Accreditation Certificate CSU Bakersfield’s School of Business and Public Administration (BPA) is proud to announce the Extension of Accreditation for the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program through the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) in June 2017 for the period of six years. The MPA program pursued and achieved accreditation  through a rigorous peer review that demonstrated the program’s commitment to quality public service education.

Public Service Values

  • Accountability (Ethical and democratic values)
  • Effectiveness (Professional value)
  • Honesty (Ethical value)
  • Lawfulness (Democratic value)
  • Social justice (Human value)

Mission Statement

The Department of Public Policy and Administration at CSU Bakersfield will foster and enhance critical thinking, communication, management, a public service perspective, and engagement in the policy process among present and future managers in government, nonprofit, and health care organizations within the San Joaquin Valley. The critical skills learned from this curriculum will ensure that managers in the government, nonprofit, and health care sectors exercise governance in an inclusive and socially responsible manner.

Strategic Goals

  1. The purpose of the PPA programs is to prepare competent, ethical and effective public, nonprofit, and health care managers and leaders to advance the public service.
  2. Consistent with, and in addition to, established university academic performance and student conduct standards for undergraduates, those admitted, retained, and awarded degrees must possess and demonstrate academic and professional integrity in all activities to inspire public confidence and trust in public service. Students and applicants who violate academic integrity or professional ethical standards of behavior will be subject to the academic integrity procedures of the university. Such actions are, of course, subject to university review and appeal.
  3. Undergraduate students without experience in public service or administration are required to complete a service learning requirement.

Accreditation

National Accreditation by NASPAA

National Association of Schools for Public Affairs and Administration logoThe department enjoys accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) for its Master of Public Administration program. This means that the educational experience and course content you receive from us will be comparable to that offered at other NASPAA -accredited programs. Such national acknowledgment provides “an edge” for our students in both the local and national job markets.

 

                                                                                                                                      

Professional and Academic Standards

The purpose of the PPA programs is to prepare competent, ethical and effective public, nonprofit, and health care managers and leaders to advance the public service. Consistent with established university academic and professional standards, students must develop and demonstrate integrity in all activities to inspire public confidence and trust in public service. Students and applicants found by formal review of the department, to be lacking in academic integrity or in professional ethical standards of behavior may be denied admission, placed on probation, suspension or dismissed from the programs. Such departmental actions are, of course, subject to university review and appeal.

About Our Alumni

Our alumni serve in a variety of prestigious capacities, both locally and nationally. They include past and present county administrative officers (CAO’s); chief executive officers (CEO’s) of hospitals, retirement centers, mass transit systems, and special economic development zones; CEO’s of nonprofit organizations; policy specialists for elected officials at the national and local levels; presidents of private industry; presidents of state-wide professional associations; as well as elected public servants at the local and state levels. Other alumni enjoy professional careers in city management, special districts, social work organizations, criminal justice organizations (law enforcement and prison management), fire and public safety, and in the rapidly growing health care professions.

Public Administration majors must obtain advising before registering for classes. For information or an appointment with the Undergraduate Program Advisor, please contact Professor R. Steven Daniels (661) 654-2318 (BDC A114) or BPA Student Services (661) 654-2326 (BDC A123).

American Society for Public Administration (ASPA)

ASPA is a national organization for students and individual's who are working as a professional within the field of public administration. For more information visit the link below. (click on logo)

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The Maddy Institute

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Each year, the Maddy Institute selects 40 students from regional universities as Legislative Scholar Interns, who are placed on assignment in government offices throughout the Valley, as well as in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. For more information about The Maddy Institute, visit the link below. (click on logo)

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Program Resources

MPA Fact Sheet

MPA Road Map

MPA Handbook

MPA Employment Information

MPA Graduation Rates

Contact Information

Dr. Jinping Sun

Chair and Professor of Public Administration
Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany
Phone: (661) 654-6217
Fax: (661) 654-6687
Email: jsun2@csub.edu 

Dr. Thomas Martinez

MPA Program Director and Professor of Public Administration
Ph.D., University of Southern California
Phone: (661) 654-3064
Fax: (661) 654-6687
Email: tmartinez@csub.edu

Dr. BJ Moore

MS-HCA Program Director
Ph.D., Arizona State University
(661) 654-3026
Email: bjmoore@csub.edu

Sonia Morentin

Administrative Support Coordinator
Phone: (661) 654-3406
Fax: (661) 654-6687
Email: smorentin@csub.edu

DEADLINE TO APPLY

Fall 2016:         Closed
Spring 2017:    Closed

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS DUE

September 15th for Priority
November 15th for Late Review

MPA Assessment

For more information about MPA Assessment, please visit the Assessment Page