Admissions to the MPA Program

The next admissions cycle for the MPA program will be for entrance in Spring 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 Application

Applicants must submit a University 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

Applicants also must submit by mail an MPA Program application. The application can be dowloaded at this link:

Click Here to Download MPA Program Application

Minimum application requirements include:  

  • 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; must have a "wet" signature
  • 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 as part of the University application)

Spring 2020 Admission Deadline: Oct. 15, 2019
Fall 2020 Admission Deadline*: March 15, 2020

The program application and accompanying materials should be submitted by mail to the address below. Late or incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

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

*Please note: Fall 2020 will begin a new online application process for graduate applicants. CSU Apply Q4 will be the only place you need to submit your University and Program application - nothing should be mailed in except your official transcripts to the University Admissions office. If you have any questions, please contact us at 323-343-2330 or e-mail