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 six units of seminar. Former fellows may waive the internship requirement and substitute the six MPPA elective units with six Capital Fellows seminar units if they complete both the fellows program and the MPPA program within the seven year time limit. For example, if a former fellow was enrolled in their fellowship seminar in Spring 2000, they would need to have completed all coursework and submitted a thesis by Fall 2006.
Use the CALCULATOR to input the semester and year you were enrolled in your Capital Fellows courses so you can see when those classes expire.
Under the right circumstances, a former Capital Fellow who is admitted to the PPA program may take all PPA core courses (27 units) and complete a thesis/project (3 units) to earn an MPPA. Again, for elective units to be substituted, Capital Fellows must have completed the fellowship and all MPPA degree requirements within the seven year time limit.
[The seven year time limit is a CSU requirement enforced by the Office of Graduate Studies. It is not simply a Department policy.]
Priority application period for fall 2017 is October 1 - December 1, 2016.
We continue to accept applications through March 1, 2017.
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
❏ Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
(send transcripts directly to the Office of Graduate Studies)
TEST OF ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE (TOEFL) Our program requires that students whose primary language is not English have a minimum TOEFL score of: 560 (paper based test), 220 (computer based test), or 83 (internet based test).
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.
Document upload option: go to the Office of Graduate Studies application information and procedures page for details.
See the document upload tutorial.
See the online letter of recommendation tutorial.
❏ Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores -- off site link
Please attach a one to two page statement of purpose to your supplemental program application (no longer than that please). In the double spaced type written statement, you should address your purpose in pursuing the MPPA. This statement also serves as a writing sample. Tell us your story.
Please use the Public Policy and Administration recommendation form (the form is not needed if you are using the new online recommendation request system). At least three letters of recommendation are required from individuals with knowledge of your academic and professional potential. Letters can be mailed (or emailed) directly to the department by the recommender, submitted with your application by you, or submitted through the online recommendation request system.
Letters should be addressed to the department chair. Recommendations may be from academic or professional sources, and should be on office stationary if possible. One advantage to using the new online recommendation request system is that you have a lot of control over the process. You will be able to see when (and if) your recommenders respond to your request.
❏ Optional -- resume or curriculum vitae
(see tutorial to upload)
❏ Optional -- unofficial transcripts or grade report (not a substitute for the official transcripts you send to Graduate Studies).
Submit your application
NEW SUBMISSION OPTION:
You may now submit all supplemental documents electronically. This includes letter of recommendation requests. Go to the Office of Graduate Studies application information and procedures page for details.
See the document upload tutorial.
See the online letter or recommendation tutorial.
As always, you may email (firstname.lastname@example.org), deliver in person, or mail any documents to the Department you would like included in your Supplemental Program Application, including letters of recommendation.
Department of Public Policy and Administration
6000 J Street, TAH 3038
Sacramento, CA 95819
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.
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.
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.
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.