MPA | Department Information
  • To provide education and skill acquisition for public service professionals with particular emphasis on the needs of government and non-profit organizations in northern and central California.
  • To maintain and improve the capacity of local and regional governments to provide excellence in public service.
  • To conduct research that will broaden the base of knowledge and skills in the field of public administration.
  • To serve the regional community through the involvement of faculty and students in public affairs.
The MPA program is offered by the Department of Politics and Public Administration, an academic unit of the College of Arts, Letters and Sciences at California State University, Stanislaus. The Director of MPA program manages the day-to-day operation of the program. An MPA Graduate Studies Committee, comprised of the Director, the chairperson of the Department of Politics and Public Administration, and other faculty members centrally involved in the program, is responsible for planning and procedural decisions concerning admission, curriculum, student performance, eligibility for graduation, and similar academic and administrative matters. General policy concerning the MPA program is established by the Department of Politics and Public Administration only after review and recommendation of the MPA Graduate Studies Committee.
Bulletin Board
Electronic technology has not yet replaced "old technology" using paper documents. A bulletin board for the MPA program is maintained outside the office of the Department of Politics & Public Administration on campus. It has a number of useful items including announcements of career opportunities, internship opportunities, conferences and seminars, new books, financial aid opportunities, research paper competitions, and Ph.D. programs in public administration.
Privacy Policy
The Department of Politics and Public Administration maintains a file for each person admitted to the MPA program. This file contains your application form, transcripts, letters of recommendation, grade reports, advising notes and forms, copies of official correspondence, and current address and employment. You have the right to inspect your file at the department office. (If you have waived the right to inspect letters of recommendation, these will not be released to you. See Title 45, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 99, Privacy Rights of Parents and Students.) Pursuant to law, certain personally identifiable information has been designated by the MPA Graduate Studies Committee as "directory information" that may be fully disclosed unless you specifically request confidentiality. You have the right to refuse to permit the designation of any or all of the categories of personally identifiable information listed below as directory information (notify the director of the MPA program in writing). The categories of directory information are:
Major field of study (public administration)
Email address
Home address
Home telephone number
Employment position title
Employer's name
Work address
Work telephone number
Appeal Procedure
If you believe that your rights have been abridged by any action of the Director of the MPA program or the MPA Graduate Studies Committee, the following steps should be followed:
  1. You must notify the chairperson of the Department of Politics and Public Administration, in writing, within four weeks of the action in question requesting a grievance review.
  2. Receipt of your letter will be acknowledged, in writing, and within two weeks the chairperson will appoint a committee to hear the appeal. This committee shall consist of a faculty member from the department (not a member of the MPA Graduate Studies Committee) selected by the department chairperson, a faculty member from the department selected by the student (who may or may not be a member of the MPA Graduate Studies Committee), and a faculty member from outside the department selected by the Dean of Graduate Studies. This last faculty member will chair the committee.
  3. Within two weeks of the appointment of the Committee, you must submit a written statement of appeal detailing and documenting the compelling reasons why the action in question was either a) arbitrary or capricious, or b) contrary to either program, departmental or university procedures. The desired remedy should also be stated.
  4. Two weeks following receipt of the statement of appeal, the Appeal Committee will meet to consider the evidence, reach a decision, and prepare a report. The report shall contain the committee's detailed findings of fact, conclusions regarding those findings, and recommendations for resolving or terminating the matter. The Appeal Committee will uphold the action in question unless they decide that (a) your rights were abridged by a substantially harmful violation of program, departmental or university procedures, (b) substantial evidence favorable to your position was not considered, or (c) the action was arbitrary, unreasonable or capricious, or not consistent with appropriate and reasonable standards.
  5. The Appeal Committee may recommend whatever remedial action they deem necessary and appropriate to correct a wrong found to exist. The committee's recommendation need not follow the remedy suggested by the student.
  6. The report of the Appeal Committee will be binding to both you and the Department of Politics and Public Administration. There is no further recourse at the university.
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