Master of Public Administration

Master of Public Administration.

Master of Public Administration

The mission of our MPA program is to educate and train individuals to become the leaders, managers and analysts in public and non-profit agencies that serve the Silicon Valley and its diverse population, using tools that enable them to recognize and value diversity, behave with high ethical standards, manage personnel resources fairly, recognize and manage risk, and manage programs and policies efficiently and cost-effectively. Upon completion of the degree students will employ critical thinking, ethical decision-making, and public service focus in the delivery of community services through the city, county, special district, state agency or non-profit agency. 

NASPPA Accredited  

San José State University is accredited by the Western Association 
of Schools and Colleges. The Public Administration Program is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.

NASPAA has partnered with APPAM and ASPA in creating a new website:
Public Service Careers.

MPA Program Student Outcomes
Degree Completion Rate

                  MPA Program Student Outcomes- Enrolled 2017

Enrolled 9
Graduated at 100% 2 years 3
Graduated at 100% 
3 years
Graduated at 150%
4 years
Graduated at 200%
5 years

Note: Students have until their 7th year to complete the degree program.

                 MPA Program 2021 - 2022 Graduates Placements

City, county, special district 5
State 1
Federal 0
Government (all levels)  3
Non-profit 1
Private sector 1
Other 9
Unemployed, seeking work 1
Total 21