Offered completely online, the MSA program is an outcomes-based, interdisciplinary program offered to a national and international audience. It seeks to address access problems facing working professionals by combining online delivery with curricular flexibility. The degree program is structured to combine attainment of general competencies highly valued in all professions with elective coursework pertinent to specific careers. Foundation and Core requirements build general competencies relating to written and interpersonal communication, quantitative decision-making, project evaluation, project management, program evaluation, organizational architecture, and human resource management. Elective requirements are met through an approved course pattern that achieves either breadth in administration or depth in an area of emphasis chosen by the student and approved by the Academic Coordinator for the MSA program. Specialized coursework in a studentÕs area of emphasis may be completed at CSU BakersfieldÕs main campus or transferred from another accredited institution. Up to 13 quarter units of graduate coursework can be transferred into the MSA program. Student and programmatic outcomes are assessed throughout the program as well as in a capstone course requiring the compilation of a portfolio and culminating project.