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Advancement to Candidacy

Advancement to Candidacy Requirements: 

  • Complete at least 15 semester/20 quarter units (five courses) of applicable graduate-level course work with a minimum GPA of "B" (3.0).
  • Have evidence of public service employment experience or completion of MPA Internship (PA 6750).
  • Students must prepare and file a Request for Advancement to Candidacy (found on our Forms page). This will list all the courses you will take before the degree can be awarded. Drop off the form at the PA office or email to mpainfo@csusb.edu. 
  • Attend a mid-program Advising session. A session is held once each term where you will review your program plan, and talk about completing the MPA. At that point, we can approve your Advancement to Candidacy.

Important notes:

  • If you change the courses you plan to take after filing the Advancement to Candidacy (for instance, change electives) you must contact the PA Department Office to submit a Change of Program Plan Form to Records.
Advancement to Candidacy Advising Session
Term Date  Time Zoom Link  

Fall 2022

Spring 2023

Saturday, October 22, 2022

Saturday, March 25, 2023

11:00 am

11:00 am

https://csusb.zoom.us/j/88297342592

TBD