Costs

Tuition & Fees

Costs for the program will depend upon the modality chosen. For the on campus MPA program, tuition and fees are determined by the University. As of the 2017-2018 academic year, the MPA program is approximately $16,000 for the entire program and approximately $30,000 for non-California residents. For the online MPA programs, the tuition is set within the College of Extended Education. For the 8 week online MPA program (specialized concentrations), the cost is approximately $22,500 for the entire program. For the 12 week online MPA program (Public Management), the tuition costs are approximately $17,000 for the entire program. The online modality does not distinguish between California residents and non-California residents, tuition rates are the same for both.

The cost of the on-campus MPA program is based on the number of units taken per semester. Students taking up to six units, pay $2,612 in tuition/fees per semester. Students taking more than 6 units, pay $4,118 per semester.

The cost of the MPA online programs is based on the concentration.  The tuition and fees for the online programs are  per unit.

  • The 8 week online program is $600 per unit. 
  • The 12 week online program is $460 per unit.

A Message on Student Fees
The CSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, CSU must reserve the right, even after fees are initially charged or initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees. All listed fees, other than mandatory systemwide fees, are subject to change without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester or quarter has begun. All CSU listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, or the Presidents, as appropriate. Changes in mandatory systemwide fees will be made in accordance with the requirements of the Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act (Sections 66028 - 66028.6 of the Education Code).

Approved Tuition Increase
The Board of Trustees is approved a tuition increase for the 2017-2018 academic year. Details about the increase can be found at www.calstate.edu/tuition-increase.

Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid administers financial assistance programs to assist students in financing their educational costs. Costs of attendance should not be confused with tuition costs. The Office of Financial Aid budgets expenses related to pursuing the degree taking into consideration items such as housing, textbooks, etc. The Stafford Loan program is available to eligible graduate students to finance the costs of attendance in the MPA program. State University Grants are awarded to students who submitted their FAFSA by March 2 demonstrating financial need. State University Grants are given to only campus MPA students.

Estimated budget for the 8 week online program schedule based on one course per term

The online MPA program with specialized concentrations consists of 37 units. Program tuition fees are approximately $22,500.

  • Semester Tuition Fee $3,600 ($600 per unit)
  • Semester Books $255
  • Miscellaneous or Personal Expenses $669
  • Meals & Housing $6,197
  • Total $10,361

Financial aid disbursements for eligible students will be processed according to the Office of Financial Aid schedule. The Office of Financial Aid disburses funds according to the University academic calendar and timeliness of financial aid document submission. Please note that the program's academic calendar and the University academic calendar is not the same. Students can accept partial amounts of financial aid if desired. Students must minimally enroll in six units per semester to be eligible for financial aid. For more information on the financial aid process for the online program, please click here.

Estimated budget for the 12 week online program schedule based on two courses per session

The online MPA program with public management concentration consists of 36 units. Program tuition fees are approximately $17,000.

  • Session Tuition Fee $2,760 ($460 per unit)
  • Session Books $255
  • Miscellaneous or Personal Expenses $1149
  • Meals & Housing $6,197
  • Total $10,361

Financial aid disbursements for eligible students will be processed according to the Office of Financial Aid schedule. Please note that there are two Fall sessions in the 12 week online schedule. For the Fall sessions, students who enroll with six units in session 3 and 4 will be eligible for financial aid disbursement in the first week of the University Academic semester (typically in the third week of August). Students who enroll in three units in session 3 and 4 will be eligible for financial aid disbursement in the first week of session 4. Students may have to pay tuition fees prior to financial aid disbursement(s) and should plan accordingly. The program's academic calendar and the University academic calendar is not the same. Students can accept partial amounts of financial aid if desired. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of six units per semester to be eligible for financial aid. For more information on the financial aid process for the online program, please click here.

**Special Note: Sessions 3 and 4 are considered part of the Fall semester. The Financial Aid Office disburses funds in September for the Fall semester since the University Semester starts in mid-August. Students registering for Session 3 will need to defer and/or pay up-front the tuition due for Session 3 and wait for the loan refund.

** Special Note: Session 2 is considered part of the Summer semester. Eligibility for aid is determined by the amount of funds available and if students were registered in Session 1 with a minimum of six units enrolled.

Estimated budget for the on-campus schedule based on two courses per semester

The on campus MPA program is scheduled over six semesters. Program tuition fees are approximately $16,000 for California residents and $30,000 for non-residents.

  • Semester Tuition Fee $2,612 (six unit tuition rate)
  • Student Activity Fee $70
  • Student Center Fee $165
  • Health Facilities Fee $3
  • Health Services Fee $75
  • Instructionally Related Activities Fee $5
  • Student Success Fee $210
  • Total for Residents $2,612
  • Non-Resident Tuition Fee $2,376 ($396 per unit)
  • Total for Non-Residents $4,988

*Tuition and fees are based on the 2017-2018 student fee schedule set by the University. For current fee schedules, please click here.

Financial aid disbursements for eligible students will be processed according to the Office of Financial Aid schedule. The Office of Financial Aid disburses funds according to the University academic calendar and timeliness of financial aid document submission. Please note that the program's academic calendar and the University academic calendar is the same. Students can accept partial amounts of financial aid if desired. Students must minimally enroll in six units per semester to be eligible for financial aid. For more information about the financial aid process, please visit the Office of Financial Aid.