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GGU has educated over 7,000 public administration professionals for more than 50 years, making it the most proven program of its kind in Northern California. The EMPA program is for working professionals who want to become a police or fire chief; city or county manager; legislative supervisor; government department director – any position that maximizes your effect on your community. GGU offers accelerated, real-world curriculum geared for experienced professionals. You can earn the degree in as little as 18 months via online classes – or at GGU’s San Francisco and Silicon Valley locations.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Golden Gate University 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 Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) 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.


LEARNING OUTCOMES

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.

TUITION

EMPA Courses: $3,180 per 4-unit course.

Tuition varies for other courses. See Tuition & Fees for details.


LOCATIONS

This program is offered at the following locations:

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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

Karen Roye, EMPA '15

Karen Roye, EMPA '15

Department Head at City and County of San Francisco, Director of Child Support Services

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FEATURED COURSE

Paul Figueroa

EMPA 313:
Law Enforcement Ethics, Training & Accountability

Dr. Paul Figueroa, Assistant Chief, Oakland Police Dept., provides the tools needed to navigate high profile law enforcement issues & a range of criminal justice topics in this 8-week, online course.

FEATURED EVENT

EMPA 50th Anniversary Panel - 2015

A panel of alumni discuss how GGU helped influenced their career paths.

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Complete your degree in 16 months using a combination of in-person and online courses.

ALUMNI VOICES

"I was looking for a fast-paced degree program with real-world content. That is just what I found with GGU's EMPA program. With experienced and knowledgeable professors, a flexible schedule, and interactive courses, I would recommend the EMPA program to anyone looking to get a high quality education."

Laurie Stone, EMPA 09

Senior Appraiser
Solano County Assessor's Office

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