How To Apply

Checklist of Required Documents:

  1. Cal State Apply online application
  2. Official transcripts from all previous institutions
  3. Professional résumé
  4. 1-2 page formatted statement of purpose
  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 your decision to pursue a Master of Public Administration degree. There are 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. In this narrative, explain how these areas of public service inform your decision and shape your career aspirations.

  3. Upload, in Cal State Apply, a current professional résumé or CV. The résumé will be used to evaluate the applicant's academic background and professional experience. Please include specific dates for each position and whether it was 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 ADMIT@CSUDH.EDU. Alumni 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 either through mail or email. For mailed letters, letters should be on letterhead and sent directly from the referent. For email, letter should be emailed from the referent's workplace or professional email account. Personal accounts such as Yahoo or Gmail are not acceptable.

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 Admission office will send via mail a user ID and password to our portal. 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. GRE scores. Files are reviewed and decisions entered as they are complete.