Preparing Leaders to Make a Difference in Public Affairs

Azusa Pacific University’s Center for Public Affairs in Sacramento offers a meeting place for students and leaders who seek to influence public affairs from a values-based perspective, as well as a venue for thoughtful civic discourse. The center is the first of its kind in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), and offers unique programs integrating excellent training in the theory and practice of public service stemming from a robust cross-disciplinary research agenda, while remaining grounded in the Christian tradition.

The Center for Public Affairs will house two distinct applied academic programs: a semester-long study away experience for APU undergraduates, and a Master of Public Administration degree.

Vision and Mission

Azusa Pacific’s Center for Public Affairs aims to be:

  • An interdisciplinary research center that examines local government challenges in the fifth largest economy in the world.
  • An immersive learning environment that provides internship and study away opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a variety of programs.
  • A safe space for dialogue, leadership cultivation, and professional development for California’s residents, elected officials, business leaders, private and public sector employees, and nonprofit and community-based organizations.
  • A supportive partner that engages with cities, counties, and community members in order to help meet local needs by providing excellent legislative analysis and program evaluation.

Sacramento Study Away Experience

Azusa Pacific’s Sacramento Semester is an immersive learning experience that introduces undergraduate students to the field of public administration and offers practical learning opportunities for policy writing, civic engagement through public service, and developing Christ-centered leadership skills. Learn more about APU’s Sacramento Semester.

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

The Master of Public Administration degree equips those with a call to public service for leadership and management positions in the public sector, health services, social services, nonprofits, education, and more. The program can be completed fully online, or in a hybrid format with some courses online and others completed face-to-face at the Center for Public Affairs in Sacramento. Explore APU’s Master of Public Administration.