Accreditation is a voluntary quality assurance process that assists institutions in developing and maintaining the highest educational standards. Since 1964, CSU Dominguez Hills has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

The MPA Program at CSUDH is proud to carry an additional accreditation by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).


NASPAA accreditation recognizes that a master's program in public affairs has undertaken a rigorous process of peer review conducted by the Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA). Accredited since 1984, the MPA Program has successfully met the NASPAA Standards for Professional Master's Degree Programs in Public Affairs, Policy and Administration. Accredited programs must contribute to the knowledge, research, and practice of public service, establish observable goals and outcomes, and use information about their performance to guide program improvement. They must practice truth in advertising and ensure students achieve learning objectives in the following five domains essential to public service:

  • to lead and manage in the public interest;
  • to participate in, and contribute to, the policy process;
  • to analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems and make evidence-informed decisions in a complex and dynamic environment;
  • to articulate, apply, and advance a public service perspective;
  • to communicate and interact productively and in culturally responsive ways with a diverse and changing workforce and society at large.

NASPAA accreditation recognizes that a master’s program in public affairs has undertaken a rigorous process of peer review conducted by the Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation.


California State University Dominguez Hills provides the following information for its online and distance learning students in compliance with State Authorization information & Consumer Complaints federal Title IV regulation. Federal law [Section668.43(b)] requires all institutions must disclose to all students or prospective students the complaint agency in all states where students reside. 

If a student has a complaint or concern, information on how to contact a state agency and register a complaint, can be found at the following website: