Executive Master of

Public Administration

Be a Bold Leader with Integrity

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.

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 wants 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.

Ways to Learn

Online
San Francisco
Hybrid

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Featured ALUMNI

Karen Roye

Karen Roye

EMPA '15

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

Sandra Poole

Sandra Poole

MPA 11

Labor Relations Director
County of Santa Clara

Adjunct Professor
Golden Gate University

Douglas Cook

Douglas Cook

MPA, CPA 13

Adjunct Professor
Golden Gate University

Principal
Cook & Company

Murat Wahab

Murat Wahab

PMBA 14

Vice President, Commercial Banking Relationship Manager
City National Bank

Partners

American Society for Public Administration (ASPA)
American Society for Public Administration (ASPA)
International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
University of the Philippines - National College of Public Administration and Governance
University of the Philippines - National College of Public Administration and Governance

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TOTAL UNITS — 36

REQUIRED COURSES — 24 UNITS

EMPA 301
Research Methods and Analysis
EMPA 302
Public Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation
EMPA 304
Public Enterprise Management and Public Sector Business Relations
EMPA 305
Budgeting and Financial Management
EMPA 307
Personnel Management and Labor Relations
EMPA 396
Graduate Research Project in Public Management

CONCENTRATION COURSES — 12 UNITS

One of the following:
  • General Concentration
  • Judicial Administration
  • Law Enforcement and Security Concentration

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CONCENTRATIONS

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.

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