The MPA Program at Cal Poly Pomona, like the Political Science program of which it is an
integral part, enjoys a richly diverse environment. It is the world we live in and in many
ways the world that the rest of the US will come to live in, in the future. We reflect our
environment in this regard. We are a diverse faculty in terms of gender and ethnicity.
Diversity is integrated into our course materials, lectures and visiting lecturer
participation such as MPA 503 (human relations), MPA 506 (administrative law) and MPA 507
(ethics). This is entirely fitting for a program committed to educating public servants
who seek to become change agents within their communities.
It is not enough to enjoy the benefits of our good fortune unreflectively.
Consequently, the Program is committed to ways in which our multiple faceted
diversity moves us toward our program goals, helping us better prepare ourselves
to serve diverse communities.
Academically qualified is defined by the policies and procedures of the university’s
Retention, Tenure and Promotion process as informed by the Department of Political
Science’s RTP policy approved by the College of Letters, Arts and Social Science.
In brief the standards require an advanced degree in political science, public
administration and/or related field, peer and student evaluations, participation
in the profession through paper presentation at appropriate associations, publications
and/or community service.
Professionally qualified is defined by the policies and standards of the university’s
adjunct professor guidelines and administered by the chair of the PLS Retention Tenure
and Promotion committee. In brief the standards require an advanced degree, peer
reviews and/or letters of recommendation, student evaluations if appropriate, ongoing
managerial and/or program responsibility in public and/or not-for-profit
organization and/or participation in a local, regional and/or national
professional association in a scholarly or professional capacity.
The course load for full time in service students (those employed in the public or
non-governmental sector) is 48 units. The course load for pre service students
(those who are not employed in the public or NGO sectors) is 52 units.
Students taking a full time load of 2 courses for each quarter (fall, winter, and
spring) will complete classes in approximately 2 years.
In addition to course work, students are required under state law to complete a
culminating paper. If students wait until they have completed all course work
before beginning the culminating paper, additional time will be required. At a
minimum it takes 2 quarters to complete the culminating paper. However, the
length of time to complete the paper depends on the student and his/her interests
Students are encouraged to use the summer quarter wisely by: completing the 400
hours required for an internship when necessary, drafting chapters of their
culminating paper, drafting the IRB proposal for approval and/or collecting
and analyzing data.
Students electing to take less than a full-time load will proceed more slowly
through the program. The CSU and university limit for time in a graduate program
may not exceed 7 years from the date of enrollment for the first graduate class.
|Graduation Cohort Rate
||Graduated within Degree Program
||Graduated 150% of degree program
||Graduated 200% of degree program
|Number of Full/Part Time students in the SSY-5 Cohort
|% of students in the SSY-5 Cohort ***/
***/ the program does not make a distinction between full and part time. In a quarter –system, full time is 2 courses per quarter and part time is 1 course per quarter. Students typically take one or two courses each quarter.