PPA Admissions and Eligibility

For Capital Fellows

Other Considerations

What you should know

big hour glassPriority application period for fall 2016 is October 1 - December 1, 2015.
We will continue to accept applications through March 1, 2016.

The Center for California Studies administers the Assembly Fellowship, Executive Fellowship, Judicial Administration Fellowship, and California Senate Fellowship (Capital Fellows) programs. Fellows are normally presumed to be strong candidates for admission to the MPPA program.

Specific to Fellows

The Capital Fellows programs covers a combination of internship and seminar, which substitutes for elective units. Consequently all Fellows admitted to the PPA program must take all PPA core courses (27 units) and complete a thesis/project (3 units) to earn an MPPA. 

Students may pursue the MPPA degree on a full time or part time basis. While either option is suitable depending on students’ needs, courses are generally scheduled to accommodate the employed or part time student given their time constraints. Full time students can expect to complete all degree requirements in about two years; part time students can normally expect to complete degree requirements in about three years.

General Information

Graduate Assistantships (NEW THIS YEAR!)

Applicants to our graduate programs may now apply for graduate assistantships at the same time that they submit their supplemental program applications. See our graduate assistantship page for more information.

Answers for Applicants


The application process consists of two components which you complete simultaneously: 1) the University application and 2) the supplemental program application.

1) University Application

2) Supplemental Program Application

All these materials should be submitted to the PPA department unless otherwise noted.

International Applicants

In addition to the above, international applicants complete the following. The Office of International Programs can assist you.

Other Requirements

Undergraduate work ~ Applicants must possess a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.0 or better.
Prerequisites ~ A grade of B or better is required in all prerequisite courses. Prerequisites are: microeconomics, statistics (recommended), and government/political science. Applicants with prerequisite deficiencies may be required to complete additional course work.

ATTENTION: We recently changed our statistics prerequisite from required to recommended.


The priority application period is October 1 through December 1 for the following fall. We continue to accept applications on a space availabe basis through March 1. (These are application completion deadlines.)
There are no Spring admissions.

The application period begins October 1.

Average GRE Scores and GPA

Here is a year to year chart with average GRE scores and the average GPA of students admitted to our program. Prospective students may find this information both interesting and useful. You can compare your scores and grade point average to previous entering classes.