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Welcome to the Graduate Center for Public Policy & Administration

Message from the Director

Dr. Edward J. Martin

Welcome to the Internet home of the Graduate Center for Public Policy and Administration (GCPPA) at California State University, Long Beach. The GCPPA offers a NASPAA accredited MPA degree designed to promote public service excellence in Southern California. The on-campus program offers students the convenience of evening and weekend classes in a challenging, yet comfortable academic environment. In addition to the general MPA degree, the GCPPA offers options in Public Works Administration and Urban Affairs, as well as various certificate programs. The GCPPA also offers an accelerated Distance Learning Program for in-service practitioners. The Distance Learning Program offers the general MPA degree through 13 hybrid classes that combine on-campus meetings with online education.

Growth has been the hallmark of the MPA program over the past several years. The GCPPA is enjoying record enrollments in both the on-campus and Distance Learning programs and continues to attract the best and brightest to government service. New graduates will join over 1,700 alumni who have graduated from the GCPPA over the past 30 years.

Our faculty brings a broad range of research and teaching interests to the classroom. Many of our faculty members are active researchers and publish in the nation’s most elite journals. This research greatly enriches the classroom experience of our students better preparing them to be leaders in public service. Many of our graduates have gone on to leadership and management positions as city managers, agency directors, and state legislators.

Recent changes to the curriculum have produced a dynamic approach to public service education that emphasizes learning in practice. Students are afforded the opportunity to apply theories to practical public service settings and scenarios through course assignments, the creation of a Student Learning Portfolio, internships, and interaction with practitioners from various backgrounds and areas of expertise.

The goal of the GCPPA is to create a challenging and dynamic learning environment for public leaders of today and tomorrow. Thank you for your interest in the GCPPA and we invite you to experience our MPA program for yourself!

News & Announcements


The GCPPA is happy to welcome our newest cohort to the MPA-Distance Learning Program. Cohort 14 will begin classes in March. Welcome!







The Graduate Center for Public Policy and Administration's MPA program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration through 2016.