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)
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.
- 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, 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.
- Undergraduate students without experience in public service or administration are required to complete a service learning requirement.
National Accreditation by NASPAA
The 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 116A) or BPA Student Services (661) 654-2326 (BDC 123A).
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)
The Maddy Institute
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)