MPA Program

Writing Skills Test:

All students are also required to take and pass the University Writing Skills Test (WST) during their first semester of enrollment. The WST is a state requirement for all students enrolling in the CSU system. Students should consult the University Catalog for full information on the WST.

In addition to the lower-division General Education requirements for writing, the California State University system requires that all students must demonstrate competency in writing skills as a requirement for graduation and to receive a baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral degree. This requirement was implemented system-wide in 1977. Students must satisfy the University Writing Skills Requirement (UWSR) in order to receive a degree from Cal State East Bay unless they are exempt by one of the following criteria:

  1. Previously satisfied the UWSR at Cal State East Bay or at another CSU campus, Cal State East Bay will accept official certification of completion if the entire requirement, as specified by that CSU campus, was satisfied and the student was a matriculated student at that campus at the time.  On some CSU campuses, the requirement is called the “Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).”
  2. Graduated from any one of the CSU campuses; unless it is noted on the transcript that the UWSR (or GWAR) was not satisfied.
  3. Received an essay score of 4.5 or higher on the GMAT or GRE or an essay score of 53 or higher on the CBEST.

NOTE:  Effective Fall 2018 students will not be able to file for graduation until the UWSR is met.

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Degree Requirements - 32 Semester Units



  • Option 1:  Health Care Administration
  • Option 2:  Public Management and Policy Analysis