PPA Admissions and Eligibility
Capital Fellows and the MPPA
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.
The Capital Fellows programs covers a combination of internship and seminar, which substitutes for elective units. Consequently all former Capital Fellows admitted to the PPA program take all PPA core courses (27 units) and complete a thesis/project (3 units) to earn an MPPA. For elective units to be substituted, Capital Fellows must have completed the fellowship and all MPPA degree requirements within the seven year time limit.
Priority application period for fall 2016 is October 1 - December 1, 2015.
We will continue to accept applications through March 1, 2016.
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. The program requires a minimum of 36-39 units regardless of whether students are enrolled full or part time. 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. While most of our classes are offered on campus, several of our classes are offered in downtown Sacramento (about six blocks from the State Capitol).
- Download the program application
- CSU on-line graduate application -OR-
- International on-line graduate application
The application process consists of two components which you complete simultaneously: 1) the University application and 2) the supplemental program application.
1) University Application
- California State University on-line graduate application
- Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
(send transcripts directly to the Office of Graduate Studies)
- International applicants complete the International on-line graduate application and TOEFL scores for students whose primary language is not English (additional TOEFL information)
The Office of International Programs can assist you.
2) Supplemental Program Application
All these materials should be submitted to the PPA department unless otherwise noted.
- Supplemental program application
- Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores -- off site link
- One to two page statement of purpose
- Three letters of recommendation
- Optional -- resume or curriculum vitae
- Optional -- unofficial transcripts or grade report (not a substitute for the official transcripts you send to Graduate Studies).
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.
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.
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.
Submit your application
You may fax (916-278-6544) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) any documents to the Department you would like included in your Supplemental Program Application, including letters of recommendation. You may also submit them the old fashioned way, in person or by mail.
Department of Public Policy and Administration
6000 J Street, TAH 3038
Sacramento, CA 95819-6081
Supplemental Program Application materials will be accepted through the following Monday if the deadline falls on a Saturday or a Sunday.
We continue to accept applications through March 1.
Check on your Application
You may log into your http://my.csus.edu account to check on the completeness of your CSU Mentor Graduate Application.
You may also call the Office of Graduate Studies with questions about your CSU Mentor Graduate Application. 916-278-6470
You may contact the Department to check on receipt of your letters of recommentation and whether an admission decision has been made. 916-278-6557
The priority application period opens October 1. The priority deadline is December 1 for the following fall. We continue to accept applications through March 1. (These are application completion deadlines.)
We do not have Spring admissions.
We begin to unofficially notifying applicants of admisions decisions in February for those meeting the December 1 deadline and April for those meeting the March 1 deadline.
The application period begins October 1 and ends March 1.