This page includes the following program requirements:

MPA Graduation Requirements

  1. Completion of a minimum of 33 semester units of approved graduate courses;
  2. Completion of at least 24 of these units in residence;
  3. Completion of all course work with a GPA of at least 3.0;
  4. Completion of a graduate project equivalent to 3 semester units (in addition to the above 33 units of course work);
  5. Students must be fully classified at the time of graduation (in order to be fully classified, students must have the following: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, 3.0 GPA in their cumulative post-graduate course work, and have completed either the GRE or UDWPE, or both, if required). Students who score a minimum of 3 in the Analytical Writing section of the GRE are exempt from the UDWPE.

Steps Required to Complete Your MPA Degree

Conditionally Classified Graduate (GRAD) Status

In order to achieve fully classified graduate standing, students will need:

  • A passing score on the Writing Proficiency Exam;
  • A GRE score in the 50th percentile or above on at least one of the three sections of the exam (verbal, quantitative or analytical). This requirement is waived for students with a GPA of 3.0 or better for their undergraduate studies or for students who currently hold a master's degree from an accredited university. GRE scores in excess of 5 years at the time of classification will not be accepted.

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.

Classified Graduate Status

Students who meet all University and departmental requirements as outlined in the current catalog.

Graduation with Honors

Students who satisfy all program requirements and maintain a grade point average of 3.885 or higher on their coursework will receive their MPA degrees with distinction. The notation "with distinction" is posted on the transcript and will appear on the diploma.

Applying for the Degree

Upon successful completion of all course work and requirements, students must indicate the semester in which they plan to take the comprehensive exam. The application for graduation must be sent to the MPA office with a check in the amount of $47, payable to CSUN.

Reinstatement to the MPA Program

If a student withdraws from a cohort, s(he) may be admitted to another cohort at a later date. The reinstated student will be assessed the same tuition and nonrefundable fees as apply to all other students in the new cohort.

Note: All cohorts, once begun, will be taught out through to completion. However, there is no guarantee that new cohorts will follow in a specific area or within a specific amount of time.

Graduate Project Requirements

The only culminating experience for the Master of Public Administration program is the graduate project. Students take graduate project course as the last class in their program. In the graduate project course, it requires students to demonstrate their mastery of their specialization in Public Administration.

In order to enroll in graduate project, students must be fully classified. That implies successful completion of the Writing Proficiency Examination and the GRE (if required), as well as having passed the requisite 33 units of coursework while maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or better.

Textbook Requirements

For information on how to look up your MPA textbooks, you can find directions in the MPA Textbook Lookup Instructions.

Technical Requirements

Please carefully review the technical requirements for this program.

MPA Withdrawal and Refund Policies for Cohort Students

Please carefully review the The Tseng College Withdrawal and Refund policies.

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