Public Affairs

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

Expand and deepen your leadership for the sake of the public good.

The Berkeley Master of Public Affairs (MPA) program is a 30-unit one-year program, designed to benefit mid-career professionals in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.  MPA students are seeking advancement in their careers and are poised to take on greater leadership and policy-focused roles in their workplace and professional communities.

Learn the skills to make an impact

The focus of the degree is on policy analysis combined with deep engagement with questions of organizational leadership and ethics, innovation, economic analysis, and strategy. Students also undertake individual and group assignments that emphasize both short turnaround analyses and in-depth studies of policy issues. You conclude the program by designing a Capstone project with a real world client. MPA students conduct a thorough analysis of a major policy question facing the organization, while applying the interdisciplinary methods, approaches, and perspectives studied in the MPA curriculum. 

Learn from distinguished Goldman School faculty and a global community

Classes are taught by top faculty, researchers and practitioners who are on the leading edge of today's most pressing public policy issues: energy & climate change, national security & international development, information technology, education, race, equity & social justice and urban policy & labor.

Throughout your studies, you will enjoy personal attention in small classes, and join a network of professionals and executives leading the charge to shape government, business and nonprofits. 

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Admissions

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Master's Degree Requirements

Unit Requirements: 30 Units

Required Core Courses:

PUB AFF 280The Eightfold Path for Policy Analysis1
PUB AFF 287Innovation, Strategy and Leadership: Making Change in Public Organizations.2
PUB AFF 215Economics for Public Policy Makers3
PUB AFF 235Research Methods for Policy Leaders1
PUB AFF 245Inferential Statistics for Policy Makers1
PUB AFF 201Confronting Public Policy Challenges2
PUB AFF 207The Capstone4

Courses

Public Affairs

Public Policy

Faculty and Instructors

Faculty

Daniel J. Acland, Associate Professor of Practice in Public Policy. Benefit-Cost Analysis, Behavioral Economics, Behavior Change, Public Health.
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Sarah F. Anzia, Michelle J. Schwartz Associate Professor of Public Policy & Associate Professor of Political Science. Elections, Government, Politics, State and Local Politics and Policy, Public Sector Unions, Women in Politics, Public Employee Pensions.
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Josefina Castillo Baltodano, Founder and Executive Director, Executive Leadership Academy. Higher Education.
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Mia Bird, Assistant Adjunct Professor. Criminal Justice Policy, Economic Demography, Health and Human Services Policy, Policy and Program Evaluation.
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Robert J. Birgeneau, Arnold and Barbara Silverman Distinguished Professor of Physics, Materials Science and Engineering, and Public Policy. Higher Education Policy, Research Policy.
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George R. Blumenthal, Faculty Director of the Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE).
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Henry Brady, Dean and Class of 1941 Monroe Deutsch Professor of Political Science and Public Policy. Elections, Politics, Government.
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Jennifer L. Bussell, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Political Science. Information Technology, Public Management, Politics, Comparative Public Policy, Corruption and Governance, India.
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Igor Chirikov, SERU Consortium Director and Senior Researcher, CSHE. Higher Education.
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Ellora Derenoncourt, Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Policy. Economic History, Labor and Employment, Racial Inequality, Intergenerational Mobility.
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John Aubrey Douglass, Senior Research Fellow, Center for Studies in Higher Education. Higher Education, Economic Policy, International, Science Policy.
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Sean Farhang, Professor of Law, Political Science and Public Policy. Law and Politics. Courts, Regulation.
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Avi Feller, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Statistics. Program Evaluation, Quantitative Methods.
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Jack Glaser, Professor. Political Psychology, Stereotyping, Prejudice & Discrimination, Criminal Justice, Politics, Race & Policy, Social Psychology, Racial Profiling, Policing, Unconscious Social Cognition, Hate Crime.
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Jennifer M. Granholm, Former Professor of Practice; Senior Research Fellow, Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS @ Berkeley). Law, Energy, Renewable and Clean Energy, Labor and Employment, Politics, Economics of Industry, Manufacturing and Job Markets.
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Barbara Haya, Research Fellow, CEPP. Climate Change, Environment, Energy, Renewable and Clean Energy, Program Evaluation, Carbon Offsetting.
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Hilary Hoynes, Professor of Public Policy and Economics, Haas Distinguished Chair in Economic Disparities. Tax Policy, Labor and Employment, Youth and Families, Government.
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Solomon Hsiang, Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy. Agriculture, Climate Change, Environment, International, Coupled Natural and Human Systems, Political Economy, Development Economics, Applied Econometrics.
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Saru Jayaraman, Assistant Adjunct Professor of Public Policy. Food Policy.
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Rucker Johnson, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy. Labor and Employment, Race, Poverty & Inequality, Economics of Education, Health Disparities, Social Welfare Policy.
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Daniel Kammen, Professor of Energy in the Energy and Resources Group, the Goldman School of Public Policy, and the department of Nuclear Engineering; Director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Lab (RAEL). Climate Change, Engineering, Environment, Energy, Renewable and Clean Energy, Energy Forecasting, Health and Environment, International R&D Policy, Race and Gender, Rural Resource Management.
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Amy E. Lerman, Professor of Public Policy and Political Science and Co-Director, The People Lab. Criminal Justice, Health Policy, Political Psychology, Race & Ethnicity, Privatization, Public Opinion.
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Dan Lindheim, Faculty Director, Center on Civility & Democratic Engagement. Housing & Urban Policy, Budget/Finance, Labor and Employment, Poverty & Inequality, Economic and Community Development, City Management, Education Finance & Policy, Police and Criminal Justice, Public Employee Pensions, Public Health.
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Elizabeth Linos, Assistant Professor of Public Policy. Behavioral Economics, Program Evaluation, Public Management, Stereotyping, Prejudice & Discrimination, Civil Servants, Motivation and Performance, Diversity in the Workplace, Recruitment and Retention.
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Shelley Liu, Assistant Professor of Public Policy.
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Jane Mauldon, Associate Professor of Practice. Demography, Children, Youth and Families, Program Evaluation, Race and Ethnicity, Quantitative Methods, Social Welfare, Health, Poverty.
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Claire Montialoux, Assistant Professor. Economic Policy, Labor and Employment, Racial Inequality, Program Evaluation.
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Alyssa Mooney, Postdoctoral Scholar. Criminal Justice, Public Health.
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Michael Nacht, Thomas and Alison Schneider Professor of Public Policy. US National Security Policy and International Relations, Science, Technology and Public Policy, Management Strategies for Complex Organizations.
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Janet Napolitano, Professor of Public Policy. Education, Leadership and Management, Politics.
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Patricia A. Pelfrey, Senior Research Associate, Center for Studies in Higher Education. Higher Education.
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+ Steven Raphael, Professor and James D. Marver Chair in Public Policy. Labor and Employment, Race and Ethnicity, Criminal Justice, Quantitative Methods, Economic Policy, Program Evaluation, Housing and Urban Policy, Immigration, Poverty and Inequality, Discrimination, Employment Discrimination, Labor Economics, Racial Inequality, Urban Economics.
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Robert Reich, Carmel P. Friesen Professor of Public Policy. Industrial Policy, Labor and Employment, Leadership and Management, Politics, Poverty, Inequality, Leadership and Social Change, Macroeconomic Policy, Social and Economic Policy.
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David Roland-Holst, Adjunct Professor, Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics. Environment, Climate Change, Food Policy, Agricultural Policy, Development, Energy, International Trade.
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Larry A. Rosenthal, Senior Lecturer of Public Policy; Program Director, Center on Civility & Democratic Engagement; Resident Faculty, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues. Housing & Urban Policy, Law, Land Use, Civic Engagement.
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Jesse Rothstein, Professor of Public Policy and Economics. Tax Policy, Economic Policy, Education, Labor and Employment, Program Evaluation, Public Finance, Quantitative Methods.
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Meredith Sadin, Assistant Adjunct Professor.
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Daniel Sargent, Associate Professor of History and Public Policy.
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Janelle Scott, Robert C. and Mary Catherine Birgeneau Distinguished Chair in Educational Disparities, Professor of Graduate School of Education, African American Studies & The Goldman School of Public Policy. Education, Race & Policy, Advocacy Politics, Educational Equity, Policy Analysis & Evaluation, Politics of Education, Privatization, Qualitative Methods, Urban Leadership, Urban Schooling.
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Jennifer Skeem, Professor. Criminal Justice, Health Policy, Children, Youth and Families, Psychology and Law, Risk Reduction, Mental Health.
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David C. Wilson, Incoming Dean. Political Psychology, Politics, Race & Policy, Race/Racial Justice.
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David Wooley, Executive Director, Center for Environmental Public Policy (CEPP). Energy, Climate and Environmental Policy, Air Quality Control, Utility Regulation and Administrative Law, Non-Profit Management, Renewable Energy Development, Electric Transmission Policy, Environmental Justice.
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Gabriel Zucman, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Economics.
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Lecturers

Todd Achilles, Lecturer. Telecommunication technology and policy, Broadband divide, Utility regulation and decarbonization, Energy markets and demand response.
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Ashley Adams, Lecturer. Public Affairs and Policy, Social Policy Analysis, Historical Preservation Policy and Planning, Nonprofit Management, Strategic Planning, Program Management, Coordination & Evaluation, Student Services & Advising.
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Hector Cardenas, Lecturer. Public Management, Program Evaluation, Cost-Benefit Analysis, International, Foreign Policy, Regulation, Public Sector Operations, Data Driven Decision Making, Information Technology Strategy, US-Mexico Binational Policy, Regulatory Reform, Criminal Justice Reform.
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Brent Copen, Lecturer.
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Timothy M. Dayonot, Lecturer. Negotiations & Conflict Resolution, Public Policy Negotiation, Legislative Advocacy, Salary Negotiations.
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John Decker, Lecturer.
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Bill Falik, Lecturer.
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Steven Falk, Lecturer.
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Ziyang David Fan, Lecturer.
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Anibel Ferus-Comelo, Lecturer.
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Angela Glover-Blackwell, Lecturer. Race & Ethnicity, Cities, Equitable Development.
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Candace Hamilton-Hester, Lecturer.
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Josie Innamorato, Lecturer. Program Evaluation, Design Thinking.
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Kiran Jain, Lecturer.
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Magnus Lofstrom, Lecturer.
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Larry Magid, Lecturer. Politics, Transportation Policy, Energy Policy, Strategic Communications.
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Daniel Mulhern, Lecturer.
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Jeff Selbin, Lecturer.
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Amy Slater, Lecturer. Negotiation, Conflict Resolution.
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Chris Weare, Lecturer. Homelessness Policy, Performance Management in the Public Sector, Program Evaluation, Social Network Analysis.
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Steven Weissman, Lecturer. Energy, Renewable and Clean Energy, Law, Environment.
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Visiting Faculty

Erika Weissinger, Visiting Assistant Professor. Children, Youth and Families, Program Evaluation, Leadership and Management, Race & Policy, Social Welfare, Qualitative Research Methods.
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Emeritus Faculty

Eugene Bardach, Emeritus Professor of Public Policy. Leadership and Management, Implementation, Mental Health, Political Skill, Social Regulation.
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Robert M. Berdahl, Emeritus Professor of Public Policy. Education, German History, Higher Education Policy.
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Alain de Janvry, Emeritus Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics. Agriculture, Poverty and Inequality, Rural Development, Quantitative Analysis of Development Policies, Impact Analysis of Social Programs, Technological Innovations in Agriculture, Management of Common Property Resources.
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John Ellwood, Emeritus Professor of Public Policy. Budget/Finance, Financial Management, Public Sector Budgeting.
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Lee Friedman, Professor of the Graduate School and Professor Emeritus of Public Policy. Environment, Regulation, Public Finance, Economic Organization, Environmental Markets, School Finance, Utility Regulation.
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Michael W. Hanemann, Emeritus and Affiliated Professor in the Graduate School. Environment, Water Management, Environment and Resource Economics.
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James A. Hyatt, Vice Chancellor Emeritus, Senior Research Associate & Principle Investigator, Center For Studies in Higher Education. Higher Education.
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David Kirp, Professor of the Graduate School, University of California at Berkeley, Emeritus Professor of Public Policy. Children, Youth and Families, Education, Race &, Ethnicity, Law, Politics, Ethics, Early Childhood Education, Higher Education, Community.
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Stephen M. Maurer, Emeritus Adjunct Professor of Public Policy. Homeland Security, Innovation Intellectual Property, Open Source, and Innovation, WMD Terrorism, Biosecurity, Phramaceutical Innovation, Database policy.
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Michael O'Hare, Emeritus Professor of Public Policy, and Professor of the Graduate School. Arts Policy, Quantitative Methods, Environment, Public Management.
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Richard M. Scheffler, Emeritus Professor of Public Health and Public Policy. Health Policy and Health Economics, Competition and Regulation in Health Insurance Markets, The ACA and Covered California, Accountable Care Organizations and Market Power, Organization and Financing of Mental Health Services, Social Capital and Health, Global Health Workforce, Pay for Performance in the US and Around the Globe.
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Eugene Smolensky, Emeritus Professor of Public Policy. Poverty and Inequality, Public Finance, Income Distribution, Public Finance Welfare Reform.
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Contact Information

Goldman School of Public Policy (GSPP)

2607 Hearst Avenue

Phone: 510-642-4670

mpa@berkeley.edu

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Associate Director of the MPA Program

H. Simon Bryce

2607 Hearst Avenue

Phone: (510) 642-1481

simonbryce@berkeley.edu

Senior Assistant Dean of Academic Programs and Dean of Students

Anne Campbell Washington

2607 Hearst Avenue

acw@berkeley.edu

Faculty Director

Jane Mauldon

2607 Hearst Avenue

jmauldon@berkeley.edu

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