Requirements and Details

Total Program: 39-42 semester hours
Core Courses: 27 semester hours
Code Course Title Units
PADM 501 Public Administration and Society 3
PADM 510 Public Management and Leadership 3
PADM 531 Organizational Theory and Development 3
PADM 533 Policy Formation 3
PADM 534 Budgeting and Fiscal Management 3
PADM 555 Ethics in Administration 3
PADM 561 Legal Environment of Public Administration 3
PADM 582 Quantitative Methods for Public Management 3
PADM 596 Graduate Seminar 3

Internship: 3 semester hours
PADM 598, Public Service Internship: Students without previous public or nonprofit experience are required to take this course within the first year of study or 18 units whichever comes first. Other students may take this course as part of their program of study with advanced approval of the program director.


Concentrations require a minimum of 12 semester hours (four courses) and are listed on final transcripts upon completion of the MPA degree. Students may complete a set of electives (also within a minimum of 12 semester hours) instead of concentration with advanced approval, by the program director of the proposed program of study. Eligible elective courses are non-Core 500 level PADM courses and MGMT courses in the Non-Profit Concentration, GERO courses in the Gerontology Concentration, and HSM courses in the Public Health Concentration. Other MGMT, GERO, and HSM courses are not interchangeable with PADM courses nor are they eligible as electives.

Urban Management and Affairs Concentration:

This concentration focuses on developing skills in managing in urban metropolitan environment.

Required Course:

Code Course Title Units
PADM 570 Urban and Community Politics 3

And three of the following:

Code Course Title Units
PADM 538 Collaborative Public Management 3
PADM 572 Managing Complex Systems 3
PADM 581 Comparative Public Administration 3
PADM 586 Economics of the Public Sector 3
PADM 587 Managing Sustainable Communities 3

NonProfit Concentration:

This concentration focuses on developing skills in leading and managing nonprofit organizations.

Code Course Title Units
MGMT 531 Marketing for Non-Profit 3
MGMT 537 Managing Non-Profit 3
MGMT 532 Effective Fundraising 3
MGMT 533 Accounting and Compliance for Non-Profits 3
MGMT 534 Grant Writing for Public and Private Funding 3
PADM 581 Comparative Public Administration 3

Gerontology Concentration:

This concentration prepares students to be managers in a variety of settings that provide services to older adults.

Four of the following:

Code Course Title Units
GERO 516 Perspectives in Gerontology* 3
GERO 501 Leadership in Gerontology 3
GERO 511 Social Policy and Aging** 3
GERO 513 Ethical and Legal Aspects in Gerontology 3
GERO 581 Comparative Public Administration, or 3
GERO 581 Comparative Gerontology 3

*Recommended to be the first concentration courses taken.
**Recommended to be taken after PADM 533, Policy Formation

Public Health Concentration:

This concentration focuses on measures to prevent disease, promote health and prolong life. Public health activities aim to provide conditions in which people can be healthy. The focus is on populations and systems, not on individual patients or diseases.

Four of the following:

Code Course Title Units
HSM 545 Foundations of Public Health 3
HSM 546 Epidemiology 3
HSM 547 Public Health Policy 3
HSM 548 Applied Research for Public Health Professionals 3
PADM 581 Comparative Public Health 3

Evaluation of the applicant’s qualifications to pursue graduate studies is based on the applicant’s statement of purpose, professional experience, college transcripts, and academic and professional references. Applicants are evaluated by a Faculty Admissions Committee that considers all these measures, including commitment to public and/or nonprofit service.

Admission Requirements:

  • Official transcripts from every undergraduate and graduate institution attended.
  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • A preferred GPA of 3.0 or above for the last 60 semester units of undergraduate study (minimum required GPA of 2.8) and a GPA of 3.0 for any graduate study. Applicants with lower GPAs who have substantial public service experience may be considered.
    • A 1-2 page statement of purpose that demonstrates:
    1. The ability to write at an acceptable level for graduate study.
    2. Experience and interest in public and/or non-profit administration, and
    3. How the La Verne MPA program compliments the student’s interests and public service and its values.
  • Two positive letters of recommendation discussing academic and/or professional qualifications from work supervisors, college professors, and/or public service professionals.
  • A current resume/curriculum vitae.

Additional Requirements:

Additional requirements, if needed, may include but not limited to Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and a personal interview with the Director.
PADM 501 is to be completed the first term of study. If not offered the first term, then it must be taken before the end of the second term of course work.