Program Details

The Master of Arts in Public Leadership is a 32-unit program that uses a hybrid approach, combining online courses with five on-site seminars. Students have the option of completing the program in either one or two years.

Students learn how to target, develop, and deliver political messages. The curriculum includes courses in ethics, leadership, and public policy, preparing students for ethical and informed public service.

During the capstone project, students create an in-depth campaign plan for a district or state. Students are required to complete a candidate interview similar to those conducted by various policy and political organizations and media outlets.

 

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS AND PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

Schedule

The three-semester schedule includes two eight-week sessions during the fall and spring, and a twelve-week session during the summer. Students travel to San Francisco and/or Washington, D.C. at the beginning of each session to attend core classes and specialized workshops.

 
 

COURSE CALENDAR

2018

Aug 18-19August Intersession

Aug 20Fall Session (a) begins

Oct 12Fall Session (a) ends

Oct 20-21October Intersession (Optional)

Oct 22Fall Session (b) begins

Dec 21Fall Session (b) ends

2019

Jan 12-13January Intersession

Jan 14Spring Session (a) begins

Mar 8Spring Session (a) ends

Mar 16-17March Intersession

Mar 18Spring Session (b) begins

May 10Spring Session (b) ends

May 11-12May Intersession

May 20Summer Session begins

Aug 9Summer Session ends

Aug 17-18August Intersession

Aug 19Fall Session (a) begins

Oct 11Fall Session (a) ends

Oct 19-20October Intersession (Optional)

Oct 21Fall Session (b) begins

Dec 20Fall Session (b) ends

 

SAMPLE PROGRAM TIMELINES

The following courses are currently under review and subject to change.

FULL TIME

Intersession Seminar Weekend (August)MPL 621 American Democracy in Theory and Practice

Fall Semester (a)MPL 606 Strategic Communication and Media Buying
MPL 605 Civil Military Relations and Public Leadership

Fall Semester (b)MPL 603 Quantitative Methods in Public Policy
MPL 601 Pro-Seminar in Applied American Politics

Intersession Seminar Weekend (January)MPL 622 Political Law

Spring Semester (a)MPL 602 Writing for Public Policy Professionals
MPL 604 Opposition and Self-Research

Intersession Seminar Weekend (March)MPL 623 Fundamentals of Fundraising and Budgeting

Spring Semester (b)MPL 607 Grassroots Mobilization and Targeting
MPL 608 Public Policy Challenges of the 21st Century

Intersession Seminar Weekend (May)MPL 624 Survey Research Practicum

Summer SemesterMPL 609 Capstone Course

Intersession Seminar Weekend (August)Capstone Presentation & Evaluation

PART-TIME

 Year 1Year 2

Intersession Seminar Weekend (August)MPL 621 American Democracy in Theory and Practice 

Fall Semester (a)MPL 606 Strategic Communication and Media BuyingMPL 605 Civil Military Relations and Public Leadership

Fall Semester (b)MPL 603 Quantitative Methods in Public PolicyMPL 607 Grassroots Mobilization and Targeting

Intersession Seminar Weekend (January)MPL 622 Political LawMPL 623 Fundamentals of Fundraising and Budgeting

Spring Semester (a)MPL 602 Writing for Public Policy ProfessionalsMPL 604 Opposition and Self-Research

Spring Semester (b)MPL 608 Public Policy Challenges of the 21st CenturyMPL 609 Capstone Course

Intersession Seminar Weekend (May)MPL 624 Survey Research PracticumCapstone Presentation & Evaluation

Summer SemesterMPL 601 Pro-Seminar in Applied American Politics