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Application Deadlines

Online MPA156 Fall 2018 July 2, 2018

Application Instructions

Applicants must complete the following 4 steps:


Begin Online Application:

Online application

Note that the online application used for the MPA program is a general application used by all programs in the Tseng College. Some of the questions on the application may not be directly applicable to the MPA program (e.g., questions about transferrable undergraduate units; questions about family income; questions about having an RN license) but are questions required by the state or federal government. Answering these questions with a “Decline to State” response will not negatively impact your application to this program in any way.


Submit Online Application:

The materials listed below will be required as part of your application. You will be given an opportunity to access, complete, and upload the following required documents as part of your online application:

  1. Statement of Purpose - 300-400-word statement of purpose describing and explaining the applicant's interest in the CSUN MPA program and how the applicant feels that enrollment in the program will contribute to her/his academic and/or professional growth and success (format: double spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, PDF/Word format). Additional Guidelines

    Additional Guidelines:
    Each statement of purpose is unique and, as such, there is no fixed content. However, in general terms, the statement of purpose is designed to confirm that you are a good fit for the program (i.e. that you understand the program and that its curriculum is a good match for your goals). As such, use your statement of purpose as an opportunity not only to demonstrate your ability to create a well-written, viable, and cohesive narrative, but also to “connect the dots” between the program and your goals by explaining in detail HOW you believe that the program can help you to reach those goals.

    To that end, please be sure that your statement of purpose helps the academic college to understand your motivation in applying to the program, i.e. what you hope to achieve therefrom. Examples might include some depth related to: academic growth, personal growth, professional development, skill enhancement, community service, knowledge of public administration’s role in providing services, expanding knowledge about policymaking, decision making, how organizations are structured, knowledge about human resource management, the importance of public administration research, etc.

    Additionally— and perhaps most importantly—the statement of purpose should clearly, and in some detail, explain HOW you believe that the program’s content will aid in your goal. Examples might include: expanding on existing skills/knowledge, developing new skills/knowledge, contextualizing existing experience with new modes of thinking, broadening scope, etc.
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  2. Resume (PDF/Word format)
  3. Application Fee - $55 application fee payment (Visa or MasterCard)
  4. Transcripts - Official, final, transcripts/academic records from all academic institutions you have attended in the past, not just from institutions at which you earned a degree, are required. (If you attended CSUN you do not need to request CSUN transcripts; we will acquire your CSUN records for your application.) (Must be sealed with degree posted)

    Send transcripts directly to the address below:

         Tseng College
         Attn: MPA NP OL Program
         California State University, Northridge
         18111 Nordhoff  Street
         Northridge, CA  91330-8352

    Using other CSUN addresses will result in your application not being received at the correct location and can delay the application process thus omitting your application from the pool of complete, on-time applications.

    Or Electronic Transcripts or e-transcripts can be sent to

  5. Letters of Recommendation (if applicable) - Students with less than a 3.0 GPA must provide three letters of reference from supervisors that include information about work assignments and their completion, overall work performance, and growth in responsibility in the workplace. Please email the letters to

All required documents including official transcripts must be received by the Tseng College no later than the application deadline.


If applicable*, arrange for your GRE scores to be sent to CSUN electronically.

* All admitted students with a cumulative undergraduate GPA less than 3.00 are required to submit GRE General Exam scores to CSUN prior to completing 12 semester units. Your cumulative undergraduate GPA refers to the GPA you earned upon graduation from your undergraduate program.

An official copy of your GRE scores must be sent directly to CSUN electronically from ETS. CSUN’s school code for receipt of electronic GRE scores is: 4707.


Activate your CSUN online access and check your CSUN email account regularly.

You are issued a CSUN email account when you apply to the University. Your CSUN email account serves as your official email account with the University. This means that the University will use it for official communications and you are responsible for monitoring this account. All updates on your application status will be sent to your CSUN email account only.

You should receive a letter from Admissions and Records with your CSUN User ID/Username, initial password, and CSUN email address roughly one week after submission of your application. More information about activating your account is available in the online application to this program. You may use the information below to access your CSUN account for the first time and to log into your CSUN email.

Activate CSUN User ID and Password
Access/Forward CSUN email
Access the SOLAR Student Center
Forgot CSUN User ID and Reset CSUN Password


IMPORTANT NOTE TO APPLICANTS: All communications between CSUN staff/faculty and potential or actual applicants to our programs are treated as part of the overall application processes and may be considered in making appropriate admissions decision to any CSUN program.

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