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2020 Semester Conversion

General Information on Semester Conversion

Beginning the Fall of 2020, CSUSB will convert to a semester system.   Semesters will be 15 weeks long.  Fall semester will begin around mid-August and end around mid-December.  
There will be a Winter intersession for the first two weeks of January (no details yet).  
Spring semester will begin mid-January and run through mid-May.
There will be a summer session, but dates are not set as yet.

2020 tuition rates are unknown, but you can compare quarter and semester tuition in the CSUs HERE.

The general rule is that you follow requirements for the catalog year you were admitted - or the catalog year when you graduate.  This is your choice.

Semester courses will be three (3) units and weekly classes will be 3 rather than 4 hours long.

MPA 2020 Semester Program Requirements

The MPA degree under semesters will be 36 units- which is a bit higher than the 48 quarter units.  This complies with NASPAA accreditation requirements.
The program will consist of seven required core and 5 elective classes, plus two semesters of a zero (0) unit professional seminar.

MPA Required Core Classes
PA 6110 Public Administration Theory and Practice - Writing Intensive
PA 6030 Research Methods in Administration
PA 6620 Human Resource Management
PA 6630 Public Budgeting and Finance
PA 6640 Management of Public Organizations
PA 6800 Public Policy Analysis
PA 6550 Capstone: Strategic Planning for Government and Nonprofit Organizations (Must be passed with a B or higher grade)
PA 6985 Professional Development Seminar - Monthly Webinar

Three internal concentrations:
Leadership:
5010 Administrative Leadership
6500 Government in the Digital Age
6720 Administrative Regulation

Public Financial Management:
 6150 Public and Nonprofit Financial Management
 6300 Program Evaluation
6610 Principles of Public and Nonprofit Procurement

Nonprofit management:
PA 5140 Nonprofit Management and Leadership     
PA 5150 Executive Nonprofit Leadership     
PA 5160 Nonprofit Fundraising and Grantwriting

Two open electives (6 units).

Two external concentrations:
Cybersecurity - Five classes in addition to the Core
IST 6090 Information Systems and Technology Management
IST 6470 Database Management and Policy
IST 6700 Cybersecurity Policy and Risk Management
IST 6730 Cybersecurity Theory and Practice
IST 6890 Enterprise Architecture Planning, Strategy, Security and Policy

Social Work - Concurrent Degree - See Catalog

All students will take the Comprehensive exam.


Students whose programs overlap quarters and semesters will have to work closely with the Department to ensure they are on the right path, depending on which catalog they choose to follow.

In most cases, 4 unit quarter classes will count as equivalent to 3 unit semester classes.