MPA Students and Graduates

MSPA 2015 Gradautes

The MPA Program's diverse student body are current and future leaders in the public and non-profit sectors in the Southern California region. Most MPA students work full-time while pursuing their degree; thus, all MPA Program courses are held in the evenings to allow for an accessible and flexible education.

MPA Program Characteristics (2014-2015)

Total Student Enrollment: 54
Percent Female Students: 54%
Percent Minority Students: 70%
Typical Core Class Size: 20
Typical Elective Class Size: 15

Program Completion Rate

The MPA program can be completed in approximately two years. The program completion rates for the 2009-2010 cohort are:

Within 2 Years: 37%
Within 5 Years: 67%

The majority of our students work full-time while completing the program, which affects the length of time to graduate. On average, more than 90 percent of our students are employed full-time while completing the program; thus, due to work and family commitments, many MPA students elect to take only one course per term or not to take courses during a particular term depending on their schedule.

While the time to program completion is extended, our students appreciate the flexibility the program affords them. Per University policy and federal Title V requirements, graduate courses expire after seven years; thus, students must finish their program within seven years.

Internship Placements

MPA Program students without relevant professional work experience complete an internship before graduating. In 2013-2014 and 2014-2015, MPA students completed internships at several organizations, including:

City of Pasadena Probation Department
Hispanas for Political Equality (HOPE)
Kids in Sports
Office of U.S. Congresswoman Lucille Roybal Allard
Penny Lane Centers

Career Placements

Our MPA Program graduates work in a diversity of settings, including local, state and federal government agencies and national, regional and community non-profit organizations. Following graduation, the share of our 2013-2014 graduates employed in or pursuing opportunities in the public, non-profit and private sectors is reported below:


Percentage of

2013-2014 Graduates

Number of

2013-2014 Graduates

Federal Government 3% 1
State Government 3% 1
Local Government 44% 14
Domestic Non-Profit 25% 8
Private Sector 9% 3
Pursuing Futher Education 3% 1
Status Unknown 13% 4
Total 100% 32

Organizations that employ our 2013-2014 graduates include: 

City of Commerce
City of South Gate City Manager's Office
City of South  Gate Community Development Department
First 5 LA
Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce
Los Angeles County Assessor's Office
Los Angeles Dept. of Children and Family Services
Los Angeles Dept. of Water and Power
Los Angeles Superior Court
Los Angeles Unified School District
Los Angeles Urban Renewal Network
San Gabriel Police Department
U.S. Social Security Administration
Youth Policy Institute

MPA Alumni Association 

facebookThe newly founded MPA Alumni Association serves as a resource for current MPA students and alumni. Visit the MPA Alumni Association's Facebook page for announcements and events.