Feb 21, 2024  
2023/2024 University Catalog 
    
2023/2024 University Catalog

Public Administration, M.P.A. and Latin American Studies, M.A.


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(Major Code: 21020) (SIMS Code: 666905)

General Information

The School of Public Affairs and the Center for Latin American Studies offer a concurrent graduate program leading to a Master of Public Administration and a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies. This concurrent degree program offers students preparation in the fields of public administration and Latin American studies for the purpose of public  administration in fields requiring bi-national understanding of administration in the public sector.

If a student in the concurrent graduate program returns to a single degree program, none of the provisions of the concurrent degree program shall pertain. Transfer units will not be accepted towards the concurrent degrees, nor will previous graduate study or prior degrees be accepted toward meeting the unit requirements.

Admission to the Degree Curriculum

All students must satisfy the general requirements for admission to the university with classified graduate standing as described in Requirements for Master’s Degrees . The successful applicant will also satisfy the requirements for both the Master of Public Administration and the Master of Arts in Latin American Studies. To be admitted to the program, students must have (1) a 3.0 grade point average in the undergraduate major and 2.85 overall and (2) an acceptable score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test. Students applying for admission should electronically submit the university application available at http://www.calstate.edu/apply along with the application fee.

Advancement to Candidacy


All students must meet the general requirements for advancement to candidacy as described in Requirements for Master’s Degrees  and be recommended by the graduate advisers of both programs. In addition, all students must (1) complete

Grade Point Average of 3.0


Achieve a grade point average of 3.0 in these course with no grade below B-

Complete with a Grade of B (3.0) or Better


  • Units: 3
  • or

  • Portuguese 401 But not both.
  • or

  • Their equivalents, or three units of 500-level or graduate coursework in Spanish But not both.
  • or

  • Pass the American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) oral proficiency examination in either Spanish or Portuguese with a score of 2.0 or above But not both.

Demonstrate International Experience


Demonstrate international experience in Latin America through an approved study abroad or an international internship experience, or successful completion of

Specific Requirements


In addition to meeting the requirements for classified graduate standing and the basic requirements for the master’s degree as described in Requirements for Master’s Degrees , the student must complete an officially approved course of study consisting of 54-66 units as outlined below.

Complete Three Courses in One Theme Listed Below (9 Units)


Complete Five Courses From at Least Two Departments (15 Units)


Latin American Studies


Note


*Acceptable when of relevant content; check with the Latin American Studies graduate adviser before enrolling.

Students Must Complete


Students must complete P A 799A  or LATAM 799A . The thesis (P A 799A  or LATAM 799A ) must treat a Latin American related topic in public administration and will be supervised by at least one public administration faculty and at least one member of the Latin American studies faculty.

An Internship of 12 Units


An internship of 12 units (one semester) beyond the coursework is required of students who have not had equivalent experience. Students should consult with the public administration graduate adviser before enrolling.

Students Must Pass


Students must pass the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Language (ACTFL) oral proficiency examination in either Spanish or Portuguese with a score of 2.0 or above.

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