Admission Requirements

Degree Program Program Type Dept Application Materials and Admission Criteria Prerequisite Course Requirements Department ADM Review Dept Conditional Admits Dept Appeal Process
Public Administration MPA On campus & Online *Minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 2.5, or high GRE score

*Competency in one computer spreadsheet applications package (e.g., Lotus or Excel)

*Match between career goals and degree program

*Writing skills

*Students whose native language is not English must achieve a score of 550 or above on the paper-based TOEFL or 213 on the computer-based exam.

*Completed MPA Department application form


*Statement describing career goals and how MPA degree would enhance professional development

*GRE exam scores are optional, but may be useful in cases of lower undergraduate GPA scores or to otherwise enhance application strength

Online Only: Additional statement explaining preference for online program

Application Deadlines:

On campus: Applications are accepted at any time

Online: Initial consideration will be given to applications that are complete by March 15 for Fall admissions and October 31 for Spring admissions. Applications received after those dates will be considered on a space availability basis.

*Undergraduate courses in American national government, basic statistics, and microeconomics or a market-based economics survey course, with grades of C or better in each

*Introductory U.S. government course or equivalent (PAD 501, PAD 504), microeconomics (PAD 504)

The MPA director, in consultation with other Department faculty if needed Yes, but only for students who need prerequisites Yes
Public Administration DPA On campus *Submit portfolio that includes:

1. Educational & professional goals statement (minimum 600 words)

2. Three Letters of recommendation

3. A professional writing sample for which the applicant was sole author

4. Evidence of significant work experience in public affairs field

*Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to submit GRE scores as part of their portfolios

*An interview may be required

*Completed master’s degree
Minimum cumulative graduate GPA of 3.25

*Excellent oral and written communication skills

*Fit between applicant’s educational aspirations and faculty expertise

*Quality of previous graduate performance

*Ability to do doctoral-level work

*Significant professional achievement in public affairs field

Application Deadline:

Application materials will be reviewed on a rolling basis. A new cohort will begin their core course work in the fall of every odd year (i.e. 2019, 2021, 2023, etc.). Students who wish to begin working on elective course work early should contact the director of the DPA program about being admitted early.

N/A Screening for minimum requirements by DPA Director; review of qualifying applications by DPA faculty No No