An applicant for admission to the MPA program must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited American college or university and satisfy university requirements for admission to graduate study. Although the bachelor's degree may be in any discipline, the applicant is advised that these courses or their equivalents are helpful prerequisites:
- PLS 206 Introduction to Public Administration
- PLS 416 Public Organizations
- STA 120 Statistics
- Students with an overall GPA of 3.3 are automatically admitted to the MPA program. All other applicants need to submit GRE scores. For information about the dates, times and locations for taking GRE please contact on line: PROMETRIC at: http://securereg3.prometric.com
- GRE preaparation information may be found at Office of the Extended University.
As a general rule the GRE test is offered somewhere in CA. every work day. For specific locations and times you will need to regrister for the exam at the PROMETRIC site to find a date, time and location that is convenient for you.
Exceptions to these criteria may be extended in some cases after consideration by a department admission's committee . Applicants must demonstrate a clear cause for an exception to the department's criteria.
Applicants must submit the following documents to the Department of Political Science.
- a statement of the applicant's reasons for wanting to pursue the MPA degree
- a description of relevant professional work experience, and
- two letters of recommendation from prior academic instructors or from persons directly knowledgeable of the applicant's professional work experience.
A TOEFL score of 580 or better is required for admission of international students to the program.
The MPA Graduate Coordinator notifies the Graduate Office of admissions or denials.
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