For program overview, visit About This Program page.
What prerequisites do I have to complete to be admitted to the MPA program?
A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university and previous work experience (at least two years) are required for admission if your cumulative GPA is below a 3.0. All students are required to upload a statement of purpose and resume when they submit their MPA application regardless of GPA. At this time, the program does not require any specific prerequisite courses before admission.
Do I have to take the GRE?
Students who were admitted into the program before the Spring 2019 semester are required to take the GRE if their cumulative undergraduate GPA is less than a 3.00. Students who are admitted in the Spring 2019 and beyond will not be required to take the GRE.
Would I have to take the Upper Division Writing Proficiency Examination (UDWPE)?
All students who are not conferred with a degree from the CSU system are required to complete the UDWPE. If a student previously accomplished this, they are not required to retake the exam. The UDWPE does not have to be taken before starting the MPA program, however, once admitted, the UDWPE must be taken before a student completes 12 units in the MPA program, or before the completion of the second semester.
Must I submit a transcript for every college that I have attended?
Yes, you must submit an official transcript in a sealed envelope from any institute of higher education that you attended (even if you did not graduate). Official e-transcripts may also be emailed directly from your previous college or university to firstname.lastname@example.org after submitting your MPA application.
If I received my bachelor's degree from CSUN, do I have to include transcripts with my application?
No, we have access to your CSUN transcripts.
Would I have to submit letters of recommendation?
If you're cumulative GPA is above a 3.0, you would not need letters of recommendation. However, it it's below a 3.0, you would be required to submit three letters of recommendation from current or former supervisors. Letters of recommendation must include information about work assignments and their completion (e.g., financial management, problem-solving, decision-making, initiative, and creativity, collaboration, perseverance, communication skills, etc.), overall work performance, growth in responsibility in the workplace, and potential as a graduate student. You may email the three letters of recommendation to email@example.com after you submit your MPA application.
What is the application deadline?
Application deadlines for different cohort sites and on campus vary. Please contact the MPA office at 818-677-3332 if you have any questions.
Could I work while I'm in the program?
The MPA program is designed to accommodate working professionals, many whom has successfully graduated. Classes are scheduled one night per week from 6 p.m. – 9:45 p.m. to facilitate success for working adults. Additionally, an online version of the program is also available each fall semester for those students wishing to study remotely.
One important consideration for all students is that courses require a fair amount of preparation and study time in keeping with any master's program. Academically, the program focuses on research, writing, theory, and practice with an average time commitment for students at around 10 hours per week.
How long will the program take to complete?
The MPA program takes from two to two and a half years to complete on the average.
What if I need to temporarily stop attending?
If, for compelling reasons, a student finds it necessary to miss either a complete course or a significant number of classes, he/she must consult with their regular cohort or on-campus contact, as soon as the student is aware that classes or courses will be missed.
Will I have access to the University Library?
Yes. Students can take advantage of many resources through the University Library. Be prepared to show your registration receipt and a picture ID. Students in cohorts have full access to a large array of materials online.
Are the cost of the books included in the tuition?
No. The cost of the books are not included with your tuition.
For additional questions and answers, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.