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

Master of Public Administration


Degree Requirements

Plan of Study

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the MPA program must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. An undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.5 calculated on a 4.0 basis or 5 years of relevant work experience;
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. A thoughtfully drafted statement of purpose.
  5. 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 UToledo programs:

  • B.A. in Anthropology
  • B.A. in Communication
  • B.A. in Economics
  • B.A. in Geography
  • B.A. in Law and Social Thought
  • B.A. in Political Science
  • B.A. in Psychology
  • B.A. in Sociology
  • Other B.A. with a Minor in Public Administration
  • Other B.A. 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

Students accepted into this option will initially be granted provisional graduate admission to allow them to enroll in 5000-level courses that are approved for the MPA program. To receive dual (undergraduate and graduate) credit, the following conditions apply:

  • Courses must be taken at The University of Toledo after acceptance into the Early Admission option.
  • Only 5000-level courses that are approved for the MPA program may be taken.
  • Students must complete all graduate-level requirements in the course and be evaluated by the same criteria as graduate students.
  • Students complete a graduate plan of study indicating courses that will receive graduate and undergraduate credit.
  • Students may not take graduate classes until they have hit senior status (90 credit hours or greater).
Last Updated: 4/5/24