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2012-2013 CSULB University Catalog

Graduate Center for Public Policy and Administration

Graduate Programs

Option in Public Works Administration


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)
    Prerequisites: None.
  • PPA 554 Public Works Facilities and Urban Policy (3)
    Prerequisites: None.
  • PPA 555 Government Budgeting and Finance (3)
    Prerequisites: PPA 518 or ECON 101 or ECON 300 or equivalent with a grade of "C" or better.
  • PPA 577 Public Sector Human Resources Management (3)
    Prerequisites: None.
  • PPA 660 Seminar in Organization Theory & Behavior (3)
    Prerequisites: None.
  • PPA 670 Policy Issue Analysis (3)
    Prerequisites: None.
  • PPA 696 Research Methods in Public Administration (3)
    Prerequisite: PPA 517 or STAT 108 or equivalent with a grade of "C" or better.

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 12 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 6 units of one of the following courses:

  • PPA 697 Directed Research (3,3)
    Prerequisites: Advancement to candidacy, completion of required MPA courses, consent of instructor.
  • CE 697 Directed Studies (1‑3)
    Prerequisites: Graduate standing. Corequisites: CE 696 or written consent of directed studies advisor.
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Graduate Center for Public Policy and Administration

Graduate Programs