Public Administration, M.P.A. - Continuing & Global Education


Department of Political Science

Melanie H. Ram, Chair
McKee Fisk Building, Room 244

Degrees and Programs Offered

BA in Political Science, B.A.
MN in Political Science, Minor
MN in Public Administration, Minor
MPA in Public Administration, M.P.A. - Continuing & Global Education
MPA in Public Administration, M.P.A.

Courses Offered

Courses and programs offered by the Department of Political Science are intended to help all students become more effective participants in a democratic society, as makers of public policy, and as individuals affected by those policies. Our programs prepare political science majors for a wide variety of careers.

Students may elect to concentrate within political science on American government and politics, international politics, legal studies, or public policy. Detailed course information on each track is available. For those who achieve a high measure of proficiency in their undergraduate programs, the department offers advanced work leading to the master’s degree in international relations and public administration. A Minor in Political Science is chosen by students as a means of obtaining skills and knowledge important to their primary area of interest.


Master of Public Administration (MPA)

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at California State University, Fresno, provides a professional degree to individuals seeking to serve the public through the effective and ethical administration of public programs. 

To accomplish this, the program faculty promote and teach the following core competencies: To lead and manage in public governance; to participate in and contribute to the public policy process; to analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems, and make decisions; to articulate and apply a public service perspective; and to communicate and interact with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry.

See also Continuing and Global Education.


In most instances, the faculty in the department have had experience practicing what they teach. All bring to their classes extensive backgrounds that permit them to combine the theories of political science and public administration with the practical applications of those theories.

Most upper-division classes are small enough to allow extensive student-faculty interaction. The usual course involves a mixture of lecture and class discussion and encourages the expression of a variety of viewpoints about political issues. With smaller classes come greater opportunities for individualized instruction and assistance.

For faculty phone numbers and e-mail, see the campus directory.

For more on the faculty, see the faculty pages.
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