Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.)

Master of Public Administration

Admission Requirements

 Applicants to the MPA program must satisfy the following requirements:

a.   An undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.5 calculated on a 4.0 basis or 5 years of relevant work experience;

b. GRE and TOEFL scores: GRE scores are not required. However, in addition to the requirements for regular admission,  all applicants from non-English speaking countries must take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Admission to graduate study in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration requires a TOEFL iBT score of at least 100 or a IELTS score of at least 7.0 overall.

c.   Three 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 one academic letters; and

d.   A thoughtfully drafted statement of purpose.

e. Official transcripts from all previous colleges or universities you have attended (both graduate and undergraduate);

To apply, see

To be fully considered for graduate funding in the following academic year, applications should be received by March 1st.

Early MPA Admission Guidelines for UT Undergraduates

The subsequent eligibility guidelines are for students majoring in the following UT programs:

  • BA in Anthropology
  • BA in Communication
  • BA in Economics
  • BA in Geography
  • BA in Global Studies
  • BA in Law and Social Thought
  • BA in Media Communication
  • BA in Political Science
  • BA in Psychology
  • BA in Sociology
  • BA in Urban Studies
  • Other BA with a Minor in Public Administration
  • Other BA with a Minor in Political Science


  1. Grade point average: For students majoring or minoring in Political Science or minoring in Public Administration a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a 3.2 GPA within the major/minor is required.  For other social science majors, a cumulative GPA of 3.2 is required. 
  2. Undergraduate advisor's approval
  3. Permission of the Political Science department chair
  4. Permission of the MPA program director
  5. Have at least junior standing when applying for the program.

Application Process

To apply for the Early Admission program, students should submit to Chair of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration:

  1. An application for Early Admission (available from the Department of Political Science and Public Administration)
  2. A letter of interest (which may be reused in the graduate school application)
  3. Two letters of recommendation (from an undergraduate advisor and one undergraduate course instructor)
  4. After initial approval from the Chair of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration and MPA Director, students must also apply for admission to the College of Graduate Studies for the semester in which they intend to matriculate. See

In the early admissions program, we will allow students to take 3 of the following courses for a maximum of 9 hours of graduate credit that may be used to fulfill undergraduate requirements:

  • PSC 5300 Principles of Public Administration (3 hours, offered Fall)
  • PSC 5410 Public and Nonprofit Management (3 hours, offered Fall)
  • PSC 5430 Human Resources Management in Public and Nonprofit Organizations (3 hours, offered Spring)
  • PSC 5440 Budgeting and Financial Administration (3 hours, offered Spring)
  • PSC 5560 Law and Public Administration (3 hours, offered Spring)
  • GEPL 5110 Geographic Information Systems (3 hours, offered Fall)

Each of the PSC courses will fulfill political science major or minor electives while GEPL 5110 will fulfill a related field requirement for students majoring or minoring in political science. All of the courses are approved for credit within the public administration minor.  For other social science majors, these courses will serve as related field courses. Within the MPA program, PSC 5300, PSC 5430, PSC 5440 and PSC 5560 are required classes. PSC 5410 and GEPL 5110 are MPA electives. Students admitted into the program may not take any of these courses for graduate credit before holding senior status.  

Last Updated: 9/27/21