School of Public Affairs & Civic Engagement (PACE)

PACE is a collaborative interdisciplinary unit of public affairs oriented scholars that delivers degree programs in Environmental Studies, Gerontology, Public Administration, and Urban Studies and Planning. Students in these programs are immersed in a problem-oriented learning environment that extends beyond the classroom and into the community, the public arena, and the world.

Environmental Studies Program

Our program draws upon the environmental leadership of the San Francisco Bay region, the strong campus commitment to social justice, and active campus sustainability efforts. Environmental Studies is a field that crosses the boundaries of traditional disciplines, challenging faculty and students to look at environmental issues from a variety of perspectives.

Gerontology Program

The Gerontology Program is a free-standing interdisciplinary and professional graduate degree. This applied gerontology degree program is designed for students preparing for a career in the field of aging or in a related health and human service field.  Fall Admissions are open until August 1. Spring Admissions are open until December 1.  

Public Administration Program

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program offers students the opportunity to earn their MPA by taking a mix of in-person and hybrid courses in the heart of downtown San Francisco. The MPA Program is nationally accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, & Administration (NASPAA). Admissions for Fall are open until May 1st. Admissions for Spring are open until November 1st.

Urban Studies & Planning Program

The USP program offers courses that lead to a B.A. degree in Urban Studies and Planning and a Minor in Urban Studies and Planning. Here you will find information about the curriculum, advising, faculty, student work, and more.