Applicants with an earned professional or graduate degree or with six or more years
of progressive, responsible experience at the professional level in the public sector
(government, military, or nonprofit) and an undergraduate grade point average of at
least a 3.0 may request permission to substitute their exemplary career record for
the entrance exam requirement. Top performing graduates with an American Humanics
certificate may also request that their high quality performance substitute for the
Applicants to the MPA program must demonstrate their capacity to be successful in
graduate school. They can meet this requirement by performing well in a accepted graduate
entrance examination, including the GRE, GMAT or MAT. The MPA admission committee
will make admission decision s based on the applicant's entrance examination score
in concert with the rest of the portfolio. All applicants are encouraged to take one
of the approved entrance exams.
Or, alternatively and in limited fashion and based on enrollment size, applicants
may demonstrate their capacity for public service graduate work if they satisfy the
professional experience criteria explained below:
The MPA admissions committee will make admissions decisions based on the applicant's
portfolio but will assess the following indicators of MPA potential in lieu of an
A. American Humanics
To be eligible for the waiver, top performing American Humanics students must satisfy
- Receive certification from the American Humanics national office.
- Exhibit leadership in AHSA by serving as an officer, committee chairperson or other
position of leadership.
- Graduate with an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better but with a GPA of 3.5
or above in nonprofit management minor courses.
- Demonstrate exemplary accomplishment in areas such as volunteering, fundraising and
recruitment documented in letters of recommendation from a nonprofit agency.
B. Military Experience
To be eligible for the entrance examination waiver, high performing military officers
must satisfy the following:
- Graduate with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better
- Successfully completed undergraduate study in basic management and organizational
skills, personal management, and ethics training (programs routinely available in
ROTC courses or at the military academies).
- Reached the officer O-3 or equivalent rank (generally requires 6-8 years of military
- One of the letters of recommendation must come from a military officer in the applicant's
chain of command (current or previous).
C. Public Service Experience
To be eligible for the entrance examination waiver, high performing public service
professionals must satisfy the following:
- Graduate with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better.
- Have 6-8 years of public service experience.
- Successfully reached supervisory or managerial positions in public service, which
may include independence of authority, responsibility for program design, and/or budgetary
Demonstrated exemplary accomplishment in their public service career or their community
volunteer activities documented in letters of recommendation. The Admissions committee
will hold personal interviews with applicants requesting the entrance examination
waiver in order to assess the quality of the applicant's experience and communication
skills. In addition to the standard letter of intent, the applicant must include a
letter addressing how the applicant satisfies the requirement for the waiver. Applicants
satisfying all but one of the criteria can request special consideration based on
an exemplary record on all the other criteria. The admissions committee will assess
the entire portfolio, quality of the appeal for an exception, quality of the personal
interview, and fit with the program's public service mission and make a recommendation
to the Division Director.
Entrance waiver applicants will only be admitted to the program for Fall Semester
and must have all of their materials submitted to the Graduate School and MPA program
by August 1 (international students, however, must have their materials in by May
Applicants admitted to the MPA program who receive the entrance exam waiver must take
PADM 7600, Administrative Theory and PADM 7601, Research Methods and receive a grade
of "B" or better before proceeding to register for other graduate classes. They should
also successfully fulfill all program prerequisites within one year of the admission