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2018-2019 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Administration, M.P.A.

This is a 39‑unit program. A common grounding in the core areas of public policy and administration is required; beyond this, considerable freedom of choice enables students to select subjects which fit their particular backgrounds or career objectives.

Admission Requirements

  1. Minimum 3.0 Undergraduate GPA
  2. Demonstrated competence in professional writing. A listing of ways you can demonstrate writing competence is available in the Center office (SSPA 228) or on the Center website: www.csulb.edu/ppa/
  3. Quality of professional experience as evaluated by Center faculty. This evaluation will be based on the applicant’s current job description, resume, any other materials submitted by the applicant, and the length of professional service.
  4. Other evidence of applicant’s potential to undertake and successfully complete the MPA course of study: faculty may consider other evidence submitted by the applicant; for example, scores on optional standardized examinations such as the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, or other recognized standardized examinations.

Following admission to the University and acceptance to the Center, each student should meet with a faculty advisor.

A student whose overall grade point average is less than 3.0, but who presents acceptable evidence of professional potential shown through recent academic performance and experiential background, may be admitted by special action of the Center.

Orientation Requirement

All students must attend a mandatory Center orientation within the first two semesters of acceptance into the MPA Program.


  • A minimum of 39 course units in graduate course work, with a minimum of 28 units of 500/600 level courses in public policy and administration;
  • Completion of approved internship program (PPA 585 ) as required course work beyond the 39-unit minimum, or waiver of the internship requirement based on professional experience;
  • Additional elective course work in elective fields to meet the 39-unit minimum;

University Courses Acceptable for the Master of Public Administration

A wide variety of graduate courses in other departments also are acceptable. Graduate course descriptions are found in the department listings in which they are offered. Consult with Center Faculty for more information.