Political Science and Public Administration

Master of Public Administration

Admission Requirements


Applicants to the M.P.A. program must satisfy the following requirements:

a.   An undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 calculated on a 4.0 basis;

b.   Scores from the GRE. A combined score of 1,000 (if taken before August 2011) or 300 (if taken in August 2011 or later) on the verbal and quantitative portions of the GRE is preferred, and the examination must have been taken in the past two years. With permission, the applicant may substitute scores for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) or the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT);

c.   Three or four letters of recommendation, which must be academically or employment related. These should be from individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic abilities and professional goals. Applicants who obtained their undergraduate degrees in the last five years must submit at least two academic letters; and

d.   A thoughtfully drafted statement of purpose.

Last Updated: 3/22/15