Earn Your MPA On-Line through the Partnership between the Institute and CSU-San Bernardino Department of Public Administration

CSAC Institute and the Department of Public Administration of California State University San Bernardino have partnered to offer a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree delivered exclusively for California county managers, executives and elected officials beginning Fall 2019.  This special MPA cohort program is a practical, leadership-oriented program that ensures participants have all the foundational skills that managers and executives need in order to be well-rounded and successful in today’s county government . The degree program is nationally accredited, and the faculty are nationally prominent instructor-scholars. 

The cohort director, Monty Van Wart, who will teach several of the classes, is a nationally preeminent scholar in public sector leadership. The Public Administration program at CSUSB is nationally known as a leader in high quality online teaching. The program is designed to maximize flexibility, being largely asynchronous online learning in handy weekly modules (with weekly feedback), but will also include real-time videoconferencing. This substantially enhances the quality of interactions as well as student comfort in an online environment.  All classes feature county-level examples and exercises based on best-practices by counties in California and the United States.

This intensive two-year course of study is the only program of its kind for county staff interested in better serving their communities with their professional development.
  • Curriculum designed to address current issues in county government
  • Taught by nationally recognized public-sector leaders and seasoned CSUSB faculty members
  • Exceptional networking opportunities with other county leaders

Enrollment is now open for this unique opportunity for California counties. For detailed information and enrollment details please visit CSUSB/CSAC Institute MPA Cohort.  This cohort is limited to working professionals in county service.


Please join the faculty for a live introductory conversation on the degree program. Meet the faculty, learn more about the program, and experience a live session. Plus, there will be amble opportunity for your questions to be addressed. Learn more and see if this is right for you. No preregistration required ... just click on the link at the time of the session:
Learn more about joining and participating in an on-line meeting through this brief tutorial .

Helpful Information Links

CSUSB/CSAC Institute MPA Cohort
CSUSB County Cohort Fact Sheet (pdf)