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
You 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 letters of recommendation
Preferably, at least letter is from a professor familiar with the applicant's academic
background. The applicant's references should address the applicant's academic background
or work experience, specifying in detail the applicant's capabilities for graduate
study and for future performance as a public service organization administrator.
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 must be
500-700 words in length.
July 1 (International Students - May 1)
December 1 (International Students - September 15)
May 1 (International Students - February 1)
How Do I Apply?
1) Begin your online application at the Graduate School
If this is your first time applying you will need to click on the First time user account creation link to create an account.
Note: Once you begin your application, you can save it and come back to it at a later
time to work on it some more.
In applying to the MPA Program, you will be sending some of your materials to the
Graduate School and some of your materials directly to us. Note: Your application
will not be reviewed until all of the materials are received.
Checklist for Materials Sent to the Graduate School
____ Application to the University of Memphis Graduate School
____ Graduate School Application fee
____ Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended
____ Official GRE scores
Checklist for Materials sent to the MPA Program
____ Personal statement of 500-700 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.
We will contact them and request they complete an online Recommendation Form, which
will be used in lieu of letters of reference.
Note: All of the MPA Program materials can be sent to email@example.com
Questions about the application process?
If you have any questions about the application process, please contact our administrative
assistant, Rebecca Horowitz at 901-678-3360 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org