Master of Public Administration:
Public Sector Management and Leadership

Admission Requirements

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Admission Requirements

CSUN admits those who apply for admission to the Master of Public Administration program in one of two categories: (1) Classified or (2) Conditionally Classified.

  1. Classified status indicates that the student has all of the following:
    1. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university;
    2. A 3.0 cumulative grade-point average (GPA) or higher;
    3. Successful completion of the Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE). Applicants who score a minimum of 3 in the Analytical Writing section of the GRE are exempt from the UDWPE.
  2. Conditionally Classified status enables students who do not meet all of the above requirements to be admitted to CSUN graduate-level degree programs with the understanding that they must achieve Classified standing before completing more than 12 units of graduate course work.
    1. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university;
    2. 2.5-.2.99 minimum cumulative GPA in the last 48 units of undergraduate study;
    3. Two years of work experience in the public sector.
    4. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required, with a score at or above the 50th percentile on any one of the three subject areas of the GRE. (The GRE may be taken after the admission process)

Note: Admission to the MPA program is competitive and admission files are adjudicated based on all contents of the file, including the personal statement. In addition, it is important to achieve full classified standing prior to completing more than 12 units of graduate coursework on the program of study. No more than 12 units of work taken prior to attaining fully classified status will be applied to a master’s degree program.

Additional University Admission Requirements

All graduate and post-baccalaureate international applicants, regardless of citizenship, whose native language is not English and whose preparatory education was principally in a language other than English must demonstrate competence in English. Those who do not possess a Bachelor's Degree from a post-secondary institution where English is the principal language of instruction must receive a minimum score of 79/80 on the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a score of 213 or above on the computer-based TOEFL. Some Departments or Programs require a higher score for admission.

Additional information about alternative methods of assessing English fluency, including Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), and the International Test of English Proficiency can be found at

Admission to the University

Students must submit an online application to the MPA program and be admitted prior to taking the first class in the program. Students are required to provide official transcripts from the required institutions of higher education.