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How to Apply


Application Deadlines
Semester you are applying for CSU APPLY Application Deadline
Fall 2023 Saturday, July 15, 2023: extended to Monday, July 31, 2023
Spring 2024 Friday, December 15, 2023: extended to Saturday, December 23, 2023
Fall 2024 Monday, July 15, 2024 

See also Graduate Studies Application Deadlines.

Cal State Apply

Complete an application online at Cal State Apply.  This application is required for admission to any California State University campus.

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Guidance for filling out the application! 

Step 1

Select Campus: CSU San Bernardino Start Term - Select the quarter you wish to start your studies Source: Campus

There are four degree selection options:• Public Administration - Leadership• Public Administration - Public Financial Management• Public Administration - Nonprofit• Public Administration - Cybersecurity

Select one of these- it can always be changed later Cybersecurity is the only concentration that may not be completed online.

MSW/MPA Concurrent Program: Please visit the MSW/MPA Concurrent page. Please note, the application deadlines may differ. 

There is a lot of information requested on the application. Much of it we do not need. You still need to go into each area, but you may click on a button at the bottom that states you will not be submitting (eg. transcripts, GPA, evaluations).  

Under Supporting Information/ Experiences include your employment history.

Statement of Purpose: Submit a 500 word summary of why you want to get the MPA and what your career goals are.  Note your employment history. CRITICAL: If your undergraduate GPA is below a 3.0, you must explain why you feel you can achieve a 3.0 in graduate coursework when you did not as an undergraduate.  Talk about your work and personal experiences that demonstrate you have the time and focus to undertake graduate course work.

No letters of recommendation are required.

Once you have successfully submitted your application and paid the application fee of $70 you will receive a confirmation number--be sure to print and keep that page as your receipt.

Step 2

Arrange to have your official transcripts mailed to:

California State University, San Bernardino Attn: Office of Graduate Studies, CE-3565500 University Parkway San Bernardino, CA 92407

Step 3

Within one week, you should receive a notice by email that your application has been received and will contain a Coyote ID#, activation code, and CSUSB email account.

Step 4

Activate your MyCoyote account and check your application status once you log in. MyCoyote will be able to tell you if the Admissions office is missing any documents and the status of your application.

Please give us a call at our office (909) 537-5758 if you have any questions or concerns in regards to your application status.

Frequently Asked Details

1. If your GPA is below a 3.0 you must submit GRE scores directly to the PA Department (not Graduate Admissions)

2. If you missed the deadline or need to improve your GPA you may take classes on a space available basis through Open University.  See their webpage for more information.

3. Those interested in the MSW/MPA Concurrent Program Please visit the MSW/MPA Concurrent page. Please note, the application deadlines may differ.