Grant Funds New Center for Public Affairs

by University Relations

The Hugh & Hazel Darling Foundation granted Azusa Pacific $750,000 toward the establishment of APU’s Center for Public Affairs in Sacramento, California. The new center creates an academic pathway for students seeking careers in government, legislation, and other areas of public service by providing a unique combination of coursework and internships at legislative, executive, judicial, and other government agencies.

The center will enroll 25-30 students during its first year. During their semester in Sacramento, students will take 3-6 units of academic coursework in public policy and 6-9 units of government internship work. In addition, the center will offer the Master of Public Administration (MPA), the first ever within the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities. With an estimated start date in fall 2019, the MPA program will prepare students seeking advanced positions in Sacramento or in other cities nationwide. With two available emphases—government service and nonprofit administration—graduate students called to public service have the flexibility to tailor their education to their career goals.

This generous donation allows APU students to prepare for critical roles in public service through relevant curricula with a Christian worldview, critical hands-on experience, and the invaluable opportunity to learn, work, and serve in the state capital, where important relationships are forged and sustained. APU’s Center for Public Affairs will enable APU students and alumni to enter public service with the advantage of a solid academic foundation steeped in the very culture and environment in which they intend to serve, and will prepare graduates with a Christian worldview to grapple with complex issues that appear on the forefront of governance and legislation.