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Applicants for FALL QUARTER----


  • open in fall (November and December) of the prior year and close on June 15 of the year the applicant is seeking admission to our program.

  • support documentation (official transcripts, etc.) needs to be submitted by JULY 15 of the application year for entry in fall quarter.

  • For admissions in WINTER quarter, apply on or before Nov. 3rd and assure that all documentation is at Cal Poly Pomona by Nov. 15.
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    The learning outcomes of the Masters in Public Administration program is scholarship and professional excellence with regard to: Academic Abilities, Leadership and Team Skills, Ethics and Professional Standards, Public Service / Management, Professional Growth and Continuing Education

    Recommended Preparation for the MPA program
    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

    Application Steps and Criteria


    To promote excellence in governance by developing the knowledge, skills and abilities needed for careers in government and not-for-profit agencies. The program seeks to develop the following competencies in students:

    1. Students with an overall GPA of 3.3 are automatically admitted to the MPA program based on the CSU Mentor Application, application fee and official transcripts from the awarding college or university issuing the BA/BS degree.

      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://www.ets.org/gre

    2. GRE preparation information may be found at https://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/prepare/tips/
      As a general rule the GRE test is offered somewhere in CA. every work day. For specific locations and times you will need to register for the exam at the PROMETRIC site to find a date, time and location that is convenient for you.

    3. 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, MPA program:

      • a statement of the applicant's reasons for wanting to pursue the MPA degree
      • two letters of recommendation from prior academic instructors or from persons directly knowledgeable of the applicant's professional work experience.
      • GRE scores

      A TOEFL score of 580 or better is required for admission of international students to the program. IELTS score of 6.5 may be substituted for a passing TOEFL score.

      The MPA Graduate Coordinator notifies the Graduate Office of admissions or denials.

      Links to Application and Information