University of San Francisco

Since 1855, students have walked through the doors of University of San Francisco for the knowledge and skills needed to succeed as people and professionals. In 2011, San Francisco topped New York, Washington, D.C., and Boston to be named best college town by the American Institute for Economic Research. Rankings were based on 12 criteria, including diversity, arts and leisure, research capacity, and entrepreneurial activity — all of which make San Francisco an exceptional extended classroom for USF students.

USF is one of California's Colleges of Distinction for 2012, an honor that highlights the university's hands-on teaching approach, outstanding faculty, and high praise from graduates. The University of San Francisco is among the country’s top 50 universities, according to Washington Monthly magazine.

  • Master of Public Administration

    Prepare yourself to initiate and lead interactions between the public, private and nonprofit sectors to develop workable solutions for the common good. The Master of Public Administration (MPA) and the MPA with an emphasis in Health Services Administration (MPA/HSA) programs provide mid-career and aspiring professionals with an opportunity to obtain advanced managerial education applicable to a broad range of public sector, nonprofit, and health care organizations. The MPA program is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). The program is designed to be completed in approximately 28 months.

    Learning Outcomes

    • Demonstrate leadership behavior through application of organizational and managerial theories.
    • Identify effective leadership in practice.
    • Identify and discuss the role of public leaders toward recognizing and instituting the principles of democratic governance in public organizations and community-based initiatives.
    • Identify and describe differences between the vision, values, and goals of actors in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors; discuss practical and ethical implications of these differences for public leadership; and discuss disparate impacts for the most vulnerable among us.
    • Demonstrate the ability to correctly and effectively recognize changes in workforce and community populations; determine appropriate communication modes and content.
    • Describe superior performance of a diverse workforce and the contribution to this of managerial action and institutional supports.
    • Assess and modify public service, based on cultural competency and citizen feedback.
    • Identify challenges and issues in the U.S. health care sector in specific areas of policy, its contemporary legal framework and management; describe/develop operational responses and managerial adaptations.
    • Determine, collect, and articulate the interests of diverse voices of a community, especially the most vulnerable among us.
    • Develop and apply the critical and analytical thinking skills necessary for effective, informed, and balanced policy analysis.
    • Accurately interpret and communicate analytic research and policy implications to stakeholders.
    • Demonstrate essential analytic skills (qualitative and quantitative).
    • Develop and present informed and balanced results.
    • Report findings and interpret research in recognition of, and with respect for, diverse cultural and historical perspectives; correctly identify limitations and constraints; effectively communicate with elected officials, administrators, issue advocates, and the population at large.

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