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How to apply to the MSCA, MPA or MPP Programs

Step 1: File an online application through the following website: Graduate College Application.

Upload your supporting materials (resume, personal statement). You will be required to submit registrar-issued copies (web histories are not allowed) of all transcripts into the system. Letters of recommendation and writing samples are optional. GRE/GMAT not required for admissions unless seeking aid for MPA.

Step 2: The following materials must be uploaded to the electronic submission system.

  • Upload official copies of Registrar issued transcripts from ALL institutions attended - this includes courses/credits that were transferred from other institutions - we must have an official transcript from each school in which you earned credit (Students are REQUIRED to upload transcripts. Do not send in hard copy transcripts. The Department cannot upload transcripts on behalf of applicants.)
  • Additional Materials (Required) Applicants must submit a resume. (Optional) Applicants may submit a 5–10 page writing sample and up to three letters of recommendation. These letters should be from instructors familiar with the applicant’s academic training or supervisor familiar with the applicant’s professional experiences.
  • Personal statement
    • You may use the following as an outline for your personal statement:
      • Describe your background and academic interests
      • Why did you decide to study public administration/ public policy at the graduate level?
      • What are your professional goals?
      • How does our MPA/MPP/MSCA degree fit into your short and long-term plans for your professional career?
  • English Proficiency may be required for international students, more information here: International Admissions


PPMA requires an undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.75 (A= 4.00) for the final 60 semester (90 quarter) hours of baccalaureate study, including all of the work taken in the term in which the student began the final 60 semester hours of study. If your GPA is below 2.75, your application will still be considered for limited standing admission.

Do you have questions about the application process? Questions can be directed to Admissions HERE.

Check out this page too: Graduate Admissions FAQ


Application Deadlines Heading link

Spring Summer Fall
International Students September 1 February 1 April 1
Domestic Degree-seeking & Readmission November 1 March 15 June 15
Non-Degree November 15 April 15 August 1