Master of Public Administration Application Process

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the requirements outlined below that applicants for graduate study at SDSU submit scores for the GRE are suspended for the Spring and Fall 2021 admissions cycles.

View and download the Graduate Applicant Guide.

Steps to Apply

  1. Apply to the University via Cal State Apply (before March 1, 2021).
    • An SDSU RED ID Number will then be assigned which allows tracking of application status online.
  2. Send transcripts to Graduate Admissions (before April 1, 2021).
    • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
    • Send to:
        Graduate Admissions
        San Diego State University
        5500 Campanile Drive
        San Diego, CA 92182-7416
  3. Visit Interfolio Apply Now and look for our department (Public Affairs) where you will upload the following (before April 1, 2021):
    • Upload Letters of Recommendation (two letters from professors, employers, or other familiar with your abilities and accomplishments).
    • Unofficial Transcripts.
    • Current Résumé.
    • Upload Personal Statement: In 500 words, please describe your personal commitment to public service and social equity, using examples from your personal experience. Also discuss your professional goals and how you believe the MPA degree will contribute to these goals.

For assistance with Interfolio, please call their help desk at 877-997-8807.

International Applicants

International applicants are welcome and should visit this site for more direction on submitting your applications.

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Dr. Joshua Chanin
Associate Professor