MPA Tuition, Financial Aid and Scholarships

Detailed information about tuition, financial aid and scholarships can be found through the University's Center for Student Financial Aid & Scholarships. Contact information for the center is listed below:

Center for Student Financial Aid & Scholarships
Student Affairs Building Room 124
Phone: 323-343-6260
Fax: 323-343-3166
Office Hours: Monday to Thursday, 8 am to 6 pm; Friday 8 am to 5 pm
Web site:

Tuition and Fees

The MPA Program provides an accessible and flexible education in public administration for public and non-profit administrators. For the 2021-2022 academic year, the tuition and fees for full-time, in-state graduate students is $8,214. Out-of-state graduate students are assessed an additional $396 per course unit (approximately an additional $1,188 per 3-unit course). More detailed information about tuition and fees can be found at the Cal State LA Student and Finance Service Centers

Financial Aid

To determine financial aid eligibility, students must file an annual Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA). Separate applications are required for scholarships and Federal Direct Student Loans. More information about applying to and receiving financial aid.


Each year the Political Science Department recommends the award of several scholarships to outstanding undergraduate and graduate students. Students can apply for the scholarships through the Center for Student Financial Aid & Scholarships. More information about Cal State LA Scholarships.

Hector Elizalde Scholarship
Awarded to a full-time Political Science major with a GPA of at least 3.0 and evidence of University and/or community service 

Edward and Judith Malecki Scholarship
Awarded to a Political Science graduate student with a GPA of 3.50 in 12 or more units of Political Science courses completed at CSULA

Ake Sandler Scholarship
Awarded to a Political Science major with a 3.0 GPA or higher in all CSULA Political Science courses. Applicant must have completed at least 28 undergraduate units in Political Science at the 200 level or above.
William E. Lloyd Memorial Fellowship (Emeriti) 
Awarded to a student who is admitted and enrolled in a master's degree program in History, Political Science or Public Administration with at least a 3.50 GPA, the completion of at least one 500-level course, and evidence of University and/or community service.