Public Administration Undergraduate Program

The undergraduate public administration major is an interdisciplinary program. In addition to the courses taken within the School, provisions have been made for the student to select additional courses in areas as diverse as economics,sociology, social welfare, political science or psychology. Required preparatory courses for the major include classes in accounting, political science and statistics.

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Declaring the Major

The Public Administration program is in impacted program. To be admitted to the major students must meet the following criteria:

  • Students must fulfill the premajor requirements described in the catalog in effect at the time they declare the premajor.
    OR New Majors must complete the following:
  • 6 required prerequisite courses noted on Major Outline (18 units);
    • ACCTG 201 Financial Accounting Fundamentals
    • ECON 101 Principles of Economics
    • ECON 102 Principles of Economics
    • POL S 102 Intro to American and Californian Government and Politics (this course is also a prerequisite for the Minor)
    • MIS 180 Principles of Information Systems
    • A three-unit course in elementary statistics
      Students may choose any one of the following statistics courses to fulfill the 3 unit statistics requirement.
      STAT 119; ARP 201; BIOL 215; CIV E 160; ECON 201; POL S 201; PSY 280; or SOC 201.
      NOTE: Students will only be awarded a total of four (4) units for two (or more) statistics courses.
    • An additional three-unit prerequisite, PA 200, is required and may be taken concurrently with PA upper-division courses.
  • Minimum grade of “C” in all prerequisites
  • Complete a minimum of 60 transferable semester units
  • Minimum 2.4 G.P.A., cumulative.

Pre-Major/Major Students

At the end of each semester, after grades post, PA pre-majors will be evaluated by the Office of Advising and Evaluations and automatically declared a PA major if all pre-requisite requirements have been met. Students who are not automatically declared a PA major, may request major status by completing the “Declaration or Change of Major” (DCM) form, which may be obtained from the lobby of PSFA 100 or from the Office of the Registrar (SSW 1641). When submitting the DCM Form please attach an official or unofficial transcript(s) from all institutions of higher education AND place the completed form in the drop box in PSFA 100. Be sure to highlight all 6 required courses on the transcripts. After the form has been submitted it may take up to a week to process. This form can also be obtained by visiting http://arweb.sdsu.edu/es/registrar/changemajor.html or in the PA Center lobby (PSFA 100). If the form is approved, it is the student’s responsibility to take the form to the Office of the Registrar.  If you are changing your primary major, your current major department will need to sign this form as well.  Please Note Transfer Student Policy:  Transfer students cannot change to a new pre-major/major from the designated pre-major/major they were admitted to unless all pre-requisites for the new major have been met.

Completing the Master Plan


-Students in the 2016/2017, 2015/2016, 2014/2015, 2013/2014, 2012/2013, and 2011/2012 major catalog years are NOT required to submit a Master Plan. 
-Students in the 2010/2011 major catalog year or prior are required to submit a Master Plan unless the student selects the current major catalog year when applying to graduate.

If required to submit a Master Plan, you must complete a PA Master Plan for either the PA major or PA minor at least one semester prior to graduation.  The first step is to fill-out the PA Master Plan, then meet with the Undergraduate PA Adviser for approval and submission of the Master Plan.

PA Major coursework must conform to the requirements on the Major Outline or Degree Evaluation depending on your catalog year. If courses are not shown on your Degree Evaluation, submit the Master Plan included on the last page of the Public Administration Advising guide Master Plan to your Advisor for formal approval the semester before you plan to graduate.

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