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MPA & University Applications

The application process consists of two separate applications forms. One application is submitted to the CSULB Office of Admission: the other, to the Graduate Center for Public Policy and Administration. Both applications should be submitted at the same time. Both application processes must be complete before you begin the MPA Program.

All Students must apply to the University for admission as a graduate student. You must be admitted by the University or you cannot take graduate courses. University requirements for admission as a graduate student are listed in the CSULB Catalog. To apply, you must submit to the University.

  • a complete graduate application
  • official copies of transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • an application fee

As noted above, at the same time that you apply to the University, you must apply to the Graduate Center for Public Policy and Administration for admission to the Masters in Public Administration Degree Program. The requirements for consideration for admission to the MPA Program may be more stringent than those of the University.

For consideration for admission to the MPA, you must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, and have maintained an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of not less than 3.0, or 3.0 in your last 60 semester (90 quarter) units. If you do not meet these requirement, but do have management, technical, or professional experience, your application may be reviewed by the Center's Admission Committee for special consideration. Your application will be evaluated in terms of your previous academic and employment performance, promise as a graduate student and as a leader in some field of public administration, and commitment to develop, pursue, perform effectively in a career in public administration. To be considered for admission to the MPA, you must submit the following documents to the Center (in addition to any documents you submit to the University):

  • a completed MPA application form
  • two letters of recommendation from former professors or from job supervisors
  • a one or two page statement concerning your reasons for wanting to obtain the MPA degree and for pursuing a career in the public sector

Your application file must be complete before you will be considered for admission to the MPA Program. You also must be approved by the University for admission as a graduate student before you can begin the MPA Program.

University Application

Graduate Center for Public Policy and Administration Application

Application Deadlines

  • Spring - November 1st
  • Fall - June 1st