Admissions

Our Applicants

We receive applications from students with academic and professional experience in the following areas:

  • Political science
  • Economics
  • Business administration
  • Philosophy
  • Engineering
  • Social work
  • Public health
  • Environmental studies
  • Other social & physical science fields

Diversity

We strive for racial, cultural, and other forms of diversity in our student body and encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply. Learn more about our commitment to diversity.

We enroll 200 master’s and doctoral degree students for each Autumn Quarter through a competitive admissions process. Executive MPA students have a separate admissions timeline and process.

Our Requirements

The four formal requirements for admission into the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management programs are:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the U.S. or its equivalent from a foreign institution.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 during the last 90 undergraduate credit hours of a quarterly schedule or 60 credit hours of a semester schedule.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) scores (except for Executive MPA applicants).
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores for international applicants.

Your application will be more competitive if you have:

  • Academic or professional exposure to government and policy-making
  • Undergraduate coursework in algebra, microeconomics, or statistics (calculus for Ph.D. applicants)
  • Excellent writing skills

As our admissions committees review applications, they look for candidates who demonstrate (1) the ability to sustain a high level of performance in their selected programs and (2) the potential to make important contributions to public service.

To find out more about how to apply and tuition, expenses, and financial aid, sign up for admissions and recruitment updates and contact us here or 206.543.4900.