Master of Public Administration Degree Requirements

Admission to the MPA program requires a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above for the last 90 quarter units (or 60 semester units) of course work including postbaccalaureate course work.

Students with a gpa of 2.75-2.99 will be considered with submission of satisfactory scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Only students whose GPA is below 3.0 must take the GRE exam.

Submit GRE scores directly to the Department of Public Administration (NOT Admissions).

The program consists of nine required and three elective courses (12 classes or 48 units) plus a comprehensive exam (taken onsite at the San Bernardino campus). 
(The Cybersecurity concentration requries an additional two electives.)

For more program details see the MPA Handbook (26 Points) and order of classes, on our Advising page.

  1. PA 603. Research Methods in Administration (4)
  2. PA 611. Public Administration Theory and Practice (4)  NOTE: PA 611 is designated as an intensive writing class and must be passed with no less than a B-
  3. PA 615. Public Financial Management (4)
  4. PA 650. Public Sector Management of Information Systems (4)
  5. PA 662. Human Resource Management in the Public Sector (4)
  6. PA 663. Public Budgeting and Finance (4)
  7. PA 664. Management of Public Organizations (4)
  8. PA 672. Administrative Regulation (4)
  9. PA 680. Public Policy Analysis (4)
  10. Twelve units of electives to be chosen from any Department of Public Administration 500- or 600-level courses in consultation with an advisor or from related fields with advance approval from the chair of the Department of Public Administration. No more than eight units may be taken from 500- level courses.   If you are considering a concentration, see Concentration requirements.
  11. PA 999. Comprehensive Examination NOTE:  All core classes must be completed before you may take the Comprehensive Exam, and the exam MUST be taken on the CSUSB campus.

See also the CSUSB Office of Graduate Studies Policies and Procedures