How To Apply

Checklist of Required Documents:

  1. Cal State Apply online application
  2. Professional résumé
  3. 1-2 page formatted statement of purpose
  4. Official transcripts from all previous institutions
  5. Two letters of recommendation (if required)
  6. TOEFL or IELTS English Proficiency Exam (International Applicants Only)

Detailed Application Instructions:

  1. Submit an online application through Cal State Apply. A new application must be submitted for the semester you intend to enroll even if you have previously applied or have been a prior student. Applicants must choose one of the three MPA program choices: "Extension" section is the 12 week online MPA program; "Graduate" section is the campus MPA program (listed as Public Management); and the 8 week online MPA program is listed as "Cal State Online Pre Conce".

  2. Upload, in Cal State Apply, a one-to-two page typewritten statement of purpose. In your statement, please discuss how the five domains essential to public service: leading and managing in public governance, participating or impacting the public policy process, ability to critically analyze problems and providing viable solutions or direction, providing a public service perspective in your professional career, and able to work in a diverse and global environment - inform your decision to pursue the degree, your career path, and your professional interests.

  3. Upload, in Cal State Apply, a current professional résumé or CV. The résumé will be used to evaluate the applicant's professional experience. Please include specific dates of employment and identify any full or part-time employment. A Résumé Template is provided for your convenience.

  4. Submit one (1) official transcript from each college and/or university attended. Transcript(s) should be sent directly from the issuing institution to the Office of Admissions and Records either in sealed envelopes or electronically to graduateadmissions@csudh.eduAlumni of the University do not need to submit University transcripts, but may still be required to submit or resubmit transcripts from other institutions.

    To send official transcripts to the University's Admission and Records office, please use the address below:

    CSU Dominguez Hills
    Office of Admissions & Records
    1000 E. Victoria Street
    Carson, CA 90747 

5. If the applicant's GPA falls below the minimum requirements and/or fails to meet the college-level math requirement, two letters of recommendation from academic or professional references are required. Letters will be accepted via email to mpaonline@csudh.edu. Letters should be emailed from the letter writer's workplace or professional email account. Personal accounts such as Yahoo or Gmail are not acceptable.

*Anyone applying after the Program Application Deadline may not receive financial aid by the tuition payment deadline. 

For international applicants only:
  1. Certified English translations of non-English transcripts must be sent to the Office of Admissions and Records. Students from foreign institutions must have their transcripts evaluated by a NACES agency, such as WES, and submit a course-by-course evaluation.

  2. TOEFL/IELTS score (if required) must be sent directly from the appropriate testing organization to the Office of Admissions and Records. Graduate applicants who have not attended schools at the secondary level or above for at least three years full-time where English is the principle language of instruction must present one of the following:

    • A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL exam

    • A minimum score of 80 on the internet-based TOEFL exam (iBT)

    • A minimum score of 213 on the computer-based TOEFL exam

    • A score of 6.5 or higher on the IELTS

For more information regarding required documents for international students, click here.

Monitor the status of your application

After the submission of your electronic application and application fee, the University Admissions office will send a user ID and password to our MyCSUDH portal via mail. Applicants can check their application status online. There are four application statuses possible:

  • Application Incomplete: applicants are missing items such as application fee, transcripts, etc.

  • Application Incomplete After Review: applicants are deficient in submitting transcripts from attended institutions.

  • Application Complete: applicants are complete and ready for department review.

  • Application in Department Review: applications processed by University Admissions have been forwarded to the department for review. The MPA department will determine if all supplemental materials have been submitted, i.e. résumé and statement of purpose. Files are reviewed and decisioned.