Students applying to San Francisco State University’s Public Administration Program should familiarize themselves with its prospective student information in addition to the admissions process requirements and relevant deadlines for admission set by the Graduate Division
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Minimum requirements for admission to graduate study in the California State University are in accordance with Title 5, Division 5, Chapter 1, Subchapter 3, of the California Code of Regulations.
To meet minimum eligibility standards for graduate study at San Francisco State, an applicant must:
- Hold a baccaluareate degree from a regionally accredited institution, or shall have completed equivalent academic preparation as determined by the appropriate campus authority;
- Be in good academic standing at the last college of university attended;
- Have a 3.0 GPA in their earned undergraduate degree or in the last 60 semester (90) quarter units completed, or have earned a post-baccalaureate degree; and
- Meet additional departmental requirements.
Public Administration Requirements
To be eligible for admission to the Master of Public Administration degree program, ltudents must have at least a 3.0 grade point average in the last 60 units of their previous coursework. The GRE is not required for admission. There is no prerequisite coursework required for admission. Successful candidates should have one to two years of work experience in the public or nonprofit sectors.
Applicants to the MPA program are accepted both Fall and Spring. The Public Administration Admissions Committee will begin to review completed applications as of March 1, 2021 for the Fall 2021 admissions cycle. Applicants must submit all application materials by the May 1, 2021, deadline.
International applicants should consult the Graduate Division's International Applicants information.
To learn more about the program and the admission process attend a Prospective Student Informational Session.
Join an information session to learn more about public administration, our MPA Program, and our admissions process.
The information sessions are led by Program faculty, are all available via Zoom, and they are:
Tuesday February 16 6-7 pm
Monday February 22 6-7 pm
Monday March 1 12 -1 pm
Thursday March 11 5-6 pm
Friday March 26 6-7 pm
Please join us and find out about our exciting professional program!
These sessions will be via Zoom (see Zoom link below).
Topic: SFSU MPA prospective student information session
For admission to Fall: May 1st, with the review of completed applications to begin on April 1
For admission to the Spring semester: November 1st, with the review of completed applications to begin on October 1
Learn more about PACE programs and admissions, by meeting our faculty and learning about the admissions processes.
Attend a MPA Prospective Student Informational Session. View the PACE events page for upcoming dates and times. Scroll through the months to view the upcoming sessions.
View a video for prospective students about the program
Review the Prospective Student Informational Session Presentation
Meet with the program coordinator
Attend a course by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Connect with a current student or alumnus of PACE programs by emailing email@example.com with your professional interests
Attend a Graduate Studies workshop on theCalState Apply system
View tips and FAQ regarding the CalState Apply system
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