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 (2018-2019)

Total Student Enrollment: 93
Percent Female Students: 61%
Percent Minority Students: 85%
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 19 students initially enrolled in the 2013-2014 academic year are:

Within 2 Years: 11%
Within 4 Years: 84%

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  2017-2018 and 2018-2019, MPA students completed internships at several organizations, including:

City of Thousand Oaks
Friends of the Los Angeles River
Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles
Pueblo y Salud
Vista Del Mar
Watts Community Labor Action Committee 

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 students who graduated during the 2017-2018 academic year employed in or pursuing opportunities in the public, non-profit and private sectors is reported below:


Percentage of

2017-2018 Graduates

Number of

2017-2018 Graduates

Federal Government 0% 0
State Government 0% 0
Local Government 44% 4
International Government 0% 0
Domestic Non-Profit 22% 2
Private Sector 11% 1
Pursuing Futher Education 0% 0
Status Unknown 22% 2
Total 100% 9

Organizations that employ our 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 graduates include: 

California State University, Los Angeles
City of Alhambra
City of Los Angeles
City of Los Angeles City Council 
City of South Pasadena
Day One
Friends L.A.
LA Family Housing
Los Angeles County Dept. of Health Services
Los Angeles County Dept. of Mental Health
Los Angeles Police Department
Los Angeles Unified School District
Tri City Mental Health
Torrance Memorial Medical Center
United American Indian Involvement
U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency


MPA Alumni Association 

facebookThe 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.