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Graduate Center for Public Policy & Administration
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About the Graduate Center for Public Policy & Administration

Providing Excellence in Education and Service to the Southern California Community since 1973

CSULB Setting

The hilltop portion on the 322-acre campus overlooks the Pacific Ocean.  The various colleges are housed by 80 permanent buildings, 63 academic departments and programs, 24 centers, four institutes, and four clinics.



  • Please read admissions instructions before contacting the Graduate Advisor or the GCPPA regarding your application or requirements.

The application process consists of two separate applications forms. One for the University and the other for the MPA program.  Both applications should be submitted at the same time

Advancement to Candidacy

Advancement to Candidacy forms should be filed after six units of course work with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all graduate work attempted at CSULB after completion of a baccalaureate degree, fulfillment of the GWAR, and signature of the Graduate Advisor.

Advancement to Candidacy forms by Degree Option

Certificate Options


Apply to Graduate

In order to be awarded a degree or certificate, you must apply to graduate online via MyCSULB Student Center.  Applying for graduation is the only way to officially graduate from CSULB. Participating in your college commencement ceremony does not indicate you have received a degree or certificate. Apply to Graduate FAQ's.

Faculty Information

For information on the faculty and staff of the Graduate Center for Public Policy and Administration, click below: