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Application Guidelines

Deadlines for Program Admissions

  PA Early
Fall February 1st April 1st March 1st March 1st
Winter N/A September 1st August 1st July 1st
Spring N/A November 1st October 1st November 1st
  • You will be notified of the admission decision approximately 6-8 weeks after the deadline. Invalid transcripts can delay the decision, please refer to the University's transcript policy.
    Application Links:
    Application for MPA, MPA:HA and Graduate Certificate 
    Application for MPH:HMP (SOPHAS)


    Criteria for Program Admissions

    The PA Division seeks students with a minimum 3.0 GPA in undergraduate coursework for regular admission for all applicants. The MPH program requires completion of an undergraduate course in statistics for admission; this is a core requirement across all tracks in the OMPH program. All PA graduate programs also require GRE scores, with the expectation that applicants offered admission will demonstrate a minimum combined verbal and quantitative score of 299 and a score of 4.5 on the analytic writing section of the exam. An applicant who does not qualify for regular admission based on GPA, GRE or other elements of the application, may be able to enroll as a non-degree/post-baccalaureate student, or be offered conditional admission. All students for whom English is not the first language must demonstrate language proficiency by a recent TOEFL score of 550. This requirement may be waived if the applicant has completed a graduate degree at an English language based university. Applicants should also review admissions criteria established by the Office of Graduate Studies.

    Grade Point Average Minimum Requirements: 
      Undergraduate MPA 3.0
    MPA:HA 3.0
        MPH:HMP 3.0 (3.25 preferred)
    Graduate Examination Minimum Requirements: 

    Applicants whose scores are more than five years old are strongly encouraged to retake the exam.
    GRE is the preferred exam, but the GMAT (Score: 600) and MCAT (Score 26-28) are acceptable substitutes.

      GRE School Code: 4610, PA Department Code: 4801, SOPHAS Code: 1045
        Verbal 150
        Quantitative 149
        Analytic Writing 4.5
    English Language Requirements: 
      TOEFL Paper-based 550
        Computer-based 213
        Internet-based 80 (overall) / 18 (reading & writing)
      IELTS   7.0


    Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) & Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP)

    Graduate students who are residents of participating states*, admitted to the MPA and MPA:HA programs, and in good academic standing are eligible for WICHE/WRGP-related in-state tuition. Students must apply for this benefit and be approved by the PSU Office of Graduate Studies in advance of the benefit terms. Completed application forms must be submitted to Graduate Studies a minimum of four weeks before the beginning of the term the benefit is to start. More information and a link to the form can be found on the Office of Graduate Studies WICHE page.

    *Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.