Admissions to the MPA Program

The next admissions cycle for the MPA program will be for entrance in Fall 2020. Competitive candidates for the program tend to have a strong academic record, work experience in the public or non-profit sector that allows for connections between theory and practice, and a clear vision of their professional career goals and how the MPA program will help in achieving those goals. To apply, applicants must submit separate, complete applications to the University and to the MPA program. Applicants must be accepted by both the University and the MPA program in order to enroll in the program.

University and Program Application

Applicants must submit an application online through Cal State Apply. The University's graduate admissions standards and application deadlines may differ from the MPA program's admission standards and application deadlines. Information on the University's graduate admissions processes can be found at the following links:

University Graduate Application Information and Procedures

University International Graduate Application Information and Procedures

For questions about your University application, please call the Office of Admissions and Recruitment, (323) 343-3901.

MPA Program Application Minimum Requirements

  • A GPA in the last 60 semster (90 quarter) units of 3.0 or better
  • Two strong letters of recommendation on official letterhead from supervisors at work and/or college instructors
  • An excellent personal statement appropriate to the program
  • A current professional résumé
  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended including CSULA (official transcripts must be mailed to the University)

Fall 2020 Admission Deadline: March 16, 2020


Dr. Jessica DeShazo
MPA Graduate Advisor
Department of Political Science
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8226