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.
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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:
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
GRE preparation information may be found at
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.
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.
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.