Admitted, What's Next?

Congratulations! You're admitted!

Here are your next steps:

STEP 1: Confirm your Intent to Enroll in the MPA Program

To accept our offer of admission in the MPA Program, please complete the online Intent to Enroll in MPA Program  form within five (5) business days indicating your decision.

STEP 2: Mandatory Advisement

New students are required to schedule a mandatory onboarding appointment with the Program Director.

The next Orientation event dates are the following: 

    • TBA

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

    If you cannot attend this event, you can schedule a one-on-one appointment at after May 1, 2023.

    STEP 3: New Student Orientation Quiz.

    After onboarding, all new students will complete a mandatory online orientation quiz via the MPA Student Café in Blackboard. A grade of 100% must be received before permission numbers can be issued for students to enroll.

    STEP 4: Financial Planning

    It is very important to understand the cost of attendance and to ensure you can fund your education. Graduate students are eligible for federal financial assistance in the form of unsubsidized loans. You should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible to secure any funding that may be available. Visit  to complete the FAFSA.

    STEP 5: Registration

    Permission numbers will be issued via email during the registration period dates. Permission numbers are valid for one time use only. If you use the number and later drop the course or are dropped for non-payment, you will need a new permission number to re-enroll.

    STEP 6: Join Us for New Student Orientation

    New students are invited to attend New Graduate Student Orientation (NGSO) hosted by the Office of Graduate Studies. An invitation from the Office of Graduate Studies will be sent to your Toromail student email. Orientation will focus on, among other things, acquainting you with high impact units on campus such as Financial Aid, University Library, and Career Center, and student services/resources that will be especially helpful to you as a new graduate student.

    STEP 7: Pay for Classes

    Online students - your fees are due at the time of registration. You will not receive a bill. Failure to make payment in full or establish a payment plan by the deadline may result in disenrollment from courses. Account balances are available through MyCSUDH.

    On-Campus students - tuition payment is due within 48 hours of registration.

    STEP 8: Purchase Textbooks

    Check our website,, for required books which can be purchased separately from, the CSUDH bookstore, or other outlets.

    STEP 9: Start Your Classes!

    Online students may access your courses via Blackboard. Be sure to login to your Blackboard account to access your course syllabus, materials, and instructor contact information as soon as you have registered.

    On-campus students attend all your classes beginning on day 1. 

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