Master of Public Administration
San Diego State University

Program Details

SDSU offers the online MPA. This competitive program is offered to experienced professionals who currently work in government and nonprofit agencies. The rigorous format has been designed for working professionals who are currently employed in managerial positions in public administration, nonprofit administration, urban planning, criminal justice or related fields. 

Students are provided the knowledge and skill sets for students in management careers in government, community agencies, private not-for-profit organizations, planning and consulting firms and private sector companies that work in partnership with the public sector.


  • Requires two on-campus residencies
  • Must hold a bachelor's degree in any major from a regionally accredited university 
  • Minimum 2.85 GPA
  • GRE test scores
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Statement of purpose

Special Accreditation

Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA)

School Accreditation Statement

Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission

Restricted States

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming, US Territories, International