Applying to the Program

Get started by visiting the Graduate Admissions website for useful information on how to get started in the process. 

All of the following must be completed by the deadline in order for your file to be considered for admissions:

  1. An online application filled out directly to the graduate school at the following link through CalStateApply.
  2. Submission of the following documents to the MPA Program office:
    • A career interest essay explaining who you are, your career goals, and how the MPA will help you achieve these goals—This is your writing sample.
    • A current resume.
    • Letters of recommendation are optional application materials for the MPA admission files. Send only letters that disclose unique information on awards, projects, or work performance.

The application process must be completed by the dates specified by:

Deadline for submission of all official documents, including TOFEL scores and transcripts of previous college work (including any community college work), to the graduate school office is found on the Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations website. Please note that we do not require the GRE for admissions.

Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission—your application materials must be postmarked by the deadline date.

Please send your letter of interest, resume, and any letters of recommendation to the MPA director at the following address:
Richard Kos, MPA Advisor
Dept. of Urban & Regional Planning
San José State University
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0185