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 (Fall 2023)

Total Student Enrollment: 75
Percent Female Students: 60%
Percent Minority Students: 83%
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 31 students initially enrolled in the 2017-2018 academic year are:

Within 2 Years: 23%
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 or two courses 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 2022-2023, MPA students completed internships at several organizations, including:

City of Los Angeles
Ready to Launch
Pat Brown Institute (James R. Galbraith Public Policy Fellowship)

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 2021-2022 academic year employed in or pursuing opportunities in the public, non-profit, and private sectors is reported below:


Percentage of

2021-2022 Graduates

Number of

2021-2022 Graduates

Federal Government 6.1% 2
State Government 9.1% 3
Local Government 54.5% 18
International Government 0% 0
Domestic Non-Profit 21.2% 7
Private Sector Consulting 3.0% 1
Private Sector Other 6.1% 2
Military 0% 0
Status Unknown 0% 0
Total 100% 33

Organizations that employ our 2021-2022 graduates include: 

Cal State LA
Children's Institute, Inc.
City of El Monte
City of Glendale
City of Long Beach
City of Los Angeles
City of Los Angeles
City of South Gate
City of South Pasadena
College Access Plan
East Los Angeles College
Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center
Heluna Health
House of Representatives
Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles
Isaacson, Miller
Los Angeles Community College District
Los Angeles Community College District/Long Beach Community College District
Los Angeles County Department of Health Services
Los Angeles County Assessor
Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Superior Court
Optimist Youth Homes and Family Services
Step Up on Second
U.S. Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration
YWCA Greater Los Angeles

MPA Alumni Association 


The 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.