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Graduate Center for Public Policy and Administration

Graduate Programs

Option in Public Works Administration (code PPA_MP03)


The general standards for admission are identical to those for the Master of Public Administration degree program. An applicant must demonstrate a background of related undergraduate course work of twelve units, or significant management and/or staff experience in public administration. For this degree option, the experiential background would be targeted to the public works and infrastructure sector.


  • 1. A minimum of 39 course units in graduate course work, with a minimum of 27 units of 500/600 level courses in public policy and administration;
  • 2. Satisfactory completion of the following:
    • PPA 500 Foundations of Public Policy & Administration (3)
    • PPA 554 Public Works Facilities and Urban Policy (3)
    • PPA 555 Government Budgeting and Finance (3)
    • PPA 577 Public Sector Human Resources Management (3)
    • PPA 660 Seminar in Organization Theory and Behavior (3)
    • PPA 670 Policy Issue Analysis (3)
    • PPA 696 Research Methods in Public Administration (3)
  • 3. Completion of an approved internship program (PPA 585) as required course work beyond the 39-unit minimum, or waiver of the internship requirement based on professional experience;
  • 4. Completion of 9 units of elective course work selected from the following:
    • PPA 515, 522, 535, 540, 547, 550, 552, 560, 575, 590; CE 520
  • 5. Successful completion of an approved Student Learning Portfolio and one of the following courses:
    • PPA 697 Directed Research (6)
    • CE 697 Directed Studies (1‑3)