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The PAP program is open to students with a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds. Most students enter with master’s or law degrees, but the program also admits students without graduate degrees, especially if they have substantial professional experience in fields related to public affairs and policy.

Application for Admission

Doctoral students are admitted in the fall of each academic year; off-cycle admissions are rare. Review of applications begins on 31 December and those submitting complete files by that date will be notified of admission decisions by the end of January. A late application deadline of April 30th is also available. Those contemplating a late application are en­couraged to contact the Director of the PAP Program before undertaking the effort.

Applications will not be considered unless they are complete. International applicants, it is strongly recommended that you submit your materials to us by December 1.

Only one application will need to be submitted to apply to the PAP Program. The following materials should be submitted through the application link found on the Office of Graduate Studies website.

  • Non-refundable $65 application fee (no cash)
  • One transcript from each post-secondary institution attended (both sides need to be uploaded)
  • Statement of Financial Support and Declaration of Finances (if International)
  • International Applicants who currently reside in the United States with an F-1 or J-1 visa must fill out the SEVIS form
  • Official TOEFL scores if the applicant does not speak English as a native language and has not received a graduate or undergraduate degree in an English-speaking territory
  • A 500 word statement of intent. The statement should address the following: 1) Professional goals; 2) Planned area of study (policy specialization); 3) Desired employment sector; 4) How the degree furthers achievement of your professional goals
  • A policy-oriented or academic writing sample.
  • Three recommendation letters from individuals familiar with the applicant's academic and/or professional capabilities. Preferably, two of the three letters should be from former instructors or from individuals with knowledge of your professional performance and potential.
  • A current resume
  • The scores of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Please note that you should make arrangements to take the GRE well in advance of the application deadline.