Executive Master of Public Administration
Golden Gate University has been educating public administration professionals for more than 50 years, making it the oldest public administration program provider in Northern California. With 7,000 alumni and growing, GGU has produced government and community leaders of every kind, including police and fire chiefs, city and county managers, regional and department directors, executive directors, legislative supervisors, policy analysts, and others.
The Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) program provides working professionals with knowledge of public affairs, policy, and administration through a challenging and cutting-edge curriculum taught by instructors who are also professionals in the field.
GGU's EMPA program differs from other public administration programs in that it offers accelerated, real-world content intended for experienced professionals. Students can earn an EMPA in as little as 18 months in an entirely online format or through innovative, hybrid cohorts in San Francisco and Silicon Valley.
GGU is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and has been an institutional member of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) since 1973.
WHO SHOULD ENROLL?
The typical EMPA student has five or more years of experience in public or community service, and is looking to build skills to move into a supervisory or leadership role.
Students are highly motivated and diverse in both their experiences and backgrounds. Veteran students can draw upon extensive military benefits, including GGU's participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program.
WHAT TO EXPECT
EMPA students learn advanced problem-solving skills to identify, assess, evaluate, and act on serious concerns faced by communities and governments. Coursework includes material on ethics, organizational leadership, public policy, government-business partnership, budgeting and financial management, personnel management and labor relations.
A capstone (final) project requires students to research, develop, and defend a public policy paper. The project has the potential to impact public policy, affairs, and administration through thoroughly-researched recommendations that draw on best practices to offer practical solutions to real-world issues.
Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Provide the leadership and organizational skills necessary to effectively and efficiently manage change, productivity, and diversity in public service and non-profit organizations.
- Critically but constructively analyze and evaluate public policies and programs within dynamic political, economic, environmental, and social contexts at municipal, state, national, and international levels of governance.
- Develop collaborative professional relationships and partnerships with consideration for the legal, ethical, and moral influences that affect governmental, non-governmental, and business organizations.
- Synthesize and apply knowledge from the scholarships on public affairs, policy, and administration to form a solid intellectual basis for professional practice and action.
...and will demonstrate knowledge of the theory and practice of:
- Ethics, accountability, and governance in public service
- Policymaking and intergovernmental relations
- Leadership and organizational reform
- Government, business, and civil society partnerships
- Public finance and budgeting
- Law and justice in public service
- Law enforcement and security
- Public personnel, labor relations, succession planning
- Policy research, analysis, and presentation.
EMPA Courses: $2,700 per 4-unit course
Tuition varies for other courses. See Tuition & Fees for details.
TOTAL UNITS -- 36
Required Courses -- 24 units
- EMPA 300
- Theory, Ethics and Practice in Public Service
- EMPA 303
- Organizational Analysis and Development
- EMPA 304
- Public Enterprise Management and Public Sector Business Relations
- EMPA 305
- Budgeting and Financial Management
- EMPA 306
- Public Service and the Law
- EMPA 396
- Graduate Research
CONCENTRATION -- 12 UNITS
Choose one of the following:
A focused graduate degree concentration designed to prepare public administration students to lead successful careers in the public or nonprofit sector.
REQUIRED COURSES -- 12 UNITS
As the work of our nation's courts becomes more complex, court managers and managing judges must keep up to date regarding modern public administration techniques and practices. In response to the need for high-performing courts, GGU has partnered with the California Administrative Office of the Courts to offer an Executive Masters of Public Administration degree with a Judicial Administration (EMPA-JA) concentration.
The judicial administration concentration in our EMPA program provides students with skills such as civil service recruitment and selection, policy research and presentation, policy analysis, leadership and organizational analysis, public-private partnership building, public budgeting and finance, and program evaluation.
At Golden Gate University, it is our goal to train our students to become the individuals that the Courts come to first when they need to fill a position. Our Executive MPA program grounds students in the theory and practice of ethics and governance in public service, organizational reform, law in public service, and policy research and presentation.
REQUIRED COURSES -- 12 UNITS
This concentration is designed for law enforcement, public safety, probation, correctional, military police, first responders, as well as public and private security professionals who seek to gain advanced knowledge, critical thinking, as well as operational and managerial skills in their dynamic field.
Courses focus on effectively and efficiently managing change, productivity, and diversity in law enforcement, emergency, and security organizations, using leadership skills.
Students will learn how to develop collaborative professional and operational relationships and partnerships within the law enforcement, emergency, and security community with consideration for the legal, ethical, and moral influences that affect governmental, non-governmental, and business organizations.
Graduates will leave the program knowing how to synthesize and apply knowledge from current research on public affairs, policy, security, emergency, and law enforcement administration to form a solid intellectual basis for operational practice and action.
REQUIRED COURSES -- 12 UNITS
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEPARTMENT
- William Britt, Senior Adjunct Professor
- William Buhl, Distinguished Adjunct Professor
- Damon Conklin, Adjunct Professor
- Terry Curl, Senior Adjunct Professor
- Edward Hazel, Adjunct Professor
- Jane E. Henderson-Loney, Adjunct Professor
- Joaquin "Jay" Gonzalez III, Professor and Chair
- Roger L. Kemp, Distinguished Adjunct Professor
- Tim Loney, Senior Adjunct Professor
- Randall Margo, Adjunct Professor
- Felix Marten, Adjunct Professor
- Mickey P. McGee, Assistant Professor
- Debra Nebreda, Adjunct Professor
- James Nordin, Adjunct Professor
- Evert W. Palmer, Adjunct Professor
- Sandra Poole, Adjunct Professor
- Alan R. Roper, Senior Adjunct Professor
- Ruth Astle Samas, Senior Adjunct Professor
- Paul Thorn, Adjunct Professor
- Francis Yanak, Distinguished Adjunct Professor
- Aihua Zelinsky, Adjunct Professor
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