MPA Admissions

MPA Admissions

  For the Fall 2021 semester, MPA campus courses will not have in-person instruction and will be in “alternative instruction.” Alternative instruction will be synchronized learning online. No MPA students will be returning to the campus for instruction until approved by the County of Los Angeles.

Why choose CSUDH?

Remarkable Reputation

Began in 1973 and the first MPA program in Southern California to be accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs/Administration (NASPAA), the professional association responsible for evaluating the quality of MPA degree programs.

  • U.S. News & World Report ranks the CSUDH MPA program #151 as "Best Public Affairs Program".
  • Great Business Schools ranks the CSUDH MPA program as one of the top ten "Most Affordable Online Master of Public Administration for 2020"
  • Guide to Online School ranks the CSUDH MPA program 5th in "Best Value" for the 2020 Best Master's in Public Administration Online Programs.
  • ranks the CSUDH MPA online program 6th in the nation as best bargain for "The Top 50 Online Master's of Public Administration".
  • Forbes Magazine recognizes the CSUDH MBA online program as one of top 20 cyber universities in the U.S.
  • SR Education Group (,,, and CNN Money all rank the program as one of the most affordable and robust curriculums in the country.

Quality Education

The MPA degree provides graduates with the educational background and professional competencies needed to secure administrative or managerial positions in a variety of public sector and non-profit organizations, or as preparation for doctoral study and careers in teaching and research.

  • The program emphasizes the development of communication, analysis, and collaboration skills, all applied to the public and non-profit workplace.
  • Classes develop leadership, ethical awareness, and critical thinking through innovative course design and hands-on learning.
  • MPA classes are taught by full time faculty with PhDs as well as experienced public management professionals, many of whom also hold PhDs.
  • The MPA faculty seeks to consistently improve their teaching through faculty development workshops and ongoing assessment of all classes in the program.

Outstanding Faculty

The faculty of the Department of Public Administration is composed of full-time faculty who have earned doctorates from high-ranking research universities, and adjunct faculty, many of whom are practicing public managers in their areas of specialization. Full-time faculty publish their work regularly in peer-reviewed scholarly journals, author textbooks in the field, and obtain grant funding to support their research. Faculty also engage regularly in service work both within and outside of the University, which connects their research and teaching to the broader community and field of public administration.

Prof. H. Asencio
Hugo D. Asencio, Ph.D.
Prof. F. Prager
Fynnwin Prager, Ph.D.
Prof. R. Sun
Rui Sun, Ph.D.
Prof. T. Byrne
Theodore Byrne, J.D.
Prof. M. Palladini
Marie E. Palladini, J.D.

Flexible yet Interactive

For many students the choice of location to further their educational objectives remains restricted. The demands of career, family, and scheduling logistics imposed by a fixed time and place do not permit them to make educational choices uninfluenced by distance.

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The College of Business Administration and Public Policy offers the MPA degree in an interactive online mode to afford an anywhere, anytime alternative to traditional classroom instruction. This asynchronous learning model reproduces the basic elements of a classroom teaching experience outside of the classroom. As such, the MPA Online program incorporates the traditional classroom components of a teaching faculty member, course materials, and the shared experiences of a group of classmates. These elements are mediated electronically outside of the campus, outside of the classroom, and without the necessity for the student to be at a fixed place at a fixed time.

Classes begin and end on specific dates and are taught by a faculty member who interacts with individuals through email or group conferencing software. Interaction with faculty and among students is regular and continuous. Most classes in the MPA Online program combine text materials, lecture videos, case studies, threaded discussions, interactive net meetings, and video conferencing.


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The MPA Campus program offers students the flexibility to pursue educational goals while maintaining their career responsibilities. The Campus program offers courses in the evenings two times a week.


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