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Program Admissions

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree/Transcript(s) - transcripts are needed from each school attended
  • Cumulative GPA: 2.75+ (undergraduate) or 3.00+ (at least 9 credit hours of graduate courses)
  • 10 years of significant work experience (see note below)
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Current resume
  • Answer to essay question found in application packet
  • Note: GRE scores are not required

If you are ready to apply to the Executive MPA program, please go to Application & DeadlinesThe priority application deadline for the Fall 2017 cohort is April 1, 2017.

Note about work experience:  To qualify for the Executive MPA Program, students must meet the threshold requirement of 10 years of significant work experience in a combination of the public, private, or nonprofit sectors. This requirement is intended to identify those individuals who have assumed increasingly important leadership roles over the course of their career and are poised to assume strategic leadership responsibility in public service. By strategic, we mean participation in shaping the goals and mission of programs and organizational units, and working across organizational, jurisdictional, and stakeholder boundaries to bring these goals and mission to reality. We are looking for students who have faced difficult leadership challenges regardless of the organizational level of responsibility. These experiences can come from professional experience as well as avocational work in civic associations, schools, religious, and volunteer work.

Academic Qualifications

Applicants must have the equivalent of a U.S. four-year bachelor's degree and meet general university standards to be considered for admission into the Executive MPA Program. These standards require a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher. Applicants who have already earned 9 or more letter-graded graduate credits must have a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.00 or higher. The graduate GPA supersedes the undergraduate GPA.

Students who do not meet GPA requirements for Regular Admission status may be admitted with a Conditional Status if they are recommended for admission by the Public Administration Division and have a cumulative undergraduate GPA between 2.50 and 2.74. After completing 9 letter-graded graduate credits with a GPA of 3.00 or higher, students with University Conditional status will automatically be given Regular status. Students admitted on University Conditional status and who do not achieve a GPA of 3.00 or higher (with no course grade below B-) after completing 9 letter-graded graduate credits will have their admission canceled.