Requirements for MPA Admission

Applicants for the Master of Public Administration program must satisfy all requirements for admission to the Graduate School and receive a favorable endorsement from the public administration faculty. Admissions decisions are based on undergraduate GPA, standardized examination scores (GRE, GMAT, or MAT), and additional information provided by a resume, two letters of recommendation and a personal statement of interest.

The following criteria are used when considering an application:

1)  Undergraduate grade point average

We generally prefer applicants to have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0, or a GPA of 3.0 in their last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.

2)  Standardized examination score

Applicants must take the Graduate Record Examination [GRE], Graduate Management Aptitude Test [GMAT], or Miller Analogy Test [MAT]. (We also accept LSAT scores).

We generally prefer applicants to have a minimum GRE Verbal score of 147 and a Quantitative score of 144.

The standard exam criteria may be waived if the applicant meets appropriate professional public service experience and undergraduate performance requirements. Follow the link below for more information on the exam waiver.

Standardized Examination Waiver Policy

3)  Resumé documenting previous education and/or experience

4)  Two References

The applicant provides us with the names and e-mail addresses of two people you wish to use as references. We will contact them and request they complete an online recommendation.

5)  Statement of interest

This statement should articulate the applicant's experience, career goals and education objectives related to the pursuit of the MPA degree. The personal statement should be 300-600 words in length.

Application Deadlines 



Fall Admission July 1 (International Students - May 1)
Spring Admission  December 1 (International Students - September 15)
Summer Admission May 1 (International Students - February 1) 

How Do I Apply?

1)  Begin your online application at the Graduate School

First-time applicants will need to click on the First-time user account creation link to create an account.

Note: Once you begin, applications can be saved and accessed at a later time.

2) Checklists

Applicants will send some of their materials directly to the Graduate School and other materials directly to the MPA  office.  Please refer to the checklists below:

Checklist for Materials Sent to the Graduate School

Checklist for Materials sent to the MPA Program

  • Personal statement of 300-600 words explaining why you wish to study public administration and outlining your career goals.
  • A current resume
  • The names and e-mail addresses of two people you wish to use as references. 

Note: All of the MPA Program materials can be sent to

 Questions about the application process?

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact our administrative assistant, Becky Horowitz at 901-678-3360 e-mail