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M.P.A. Admission

The academic prerequisites for regular admission to the M.P.A. program are

  1. Completion of a bachelor’s degree preferably with a background in the social sciences, including basic college algebra and statistics courses.
  2. A grade-point average of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) for all previous university or college work (in certain circumstances, when the grade-point average is slightly below 3.0, other factors, such as strong Graduate Record Examination scores or exceptional letters of recommendation, may be considered).

Admission is competitive and limited. For all applicants, a completed application includes

  1. Online Graduate Studies application.
  2. A nonrefundable application fee, submitted online with the application form. For domestic applicants, the application fee is $55; for international applicants, the application fee is $65.
  3. 1 official transcript from the degree-granting college or university and any post-graduate college or university attended.
  4. 3 letters of recommendation. If possible, at least 1 should be an academic reference. The reference form, available through the website, must be submitted with each letter.
  5. A 3- to 5-page essay describing your background and career goals and clearly indicating how the M.P.A. degree fits into those goals and addressing any deficiencies in your academic preparation.
  6. A current résumé.
  7. A writing sample that is at least 5 pages long. It should be a well-cited work in which you critically analyze (not just summarize) an issue.

Additional Requirements for City and County Management Program Intern-Option Applicants:

  • Graduate Record Examination scores (General test only — verbal, analytical, and quantitative). For reporting GRE scores to the KU School of Public Affairs and Administration, the institution code is 6871 and the department code is 4801.
  • Additionally, an M.P.A. alumn or faculty member may be assigned to interview you. That person's comments are placed in and considered a part of your application packet.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants:

  • Graduate Record Examination scores (General test only — verbal, analytical, and quantitative). For reporting GRE scores to the KU School of Public Affairs and Administration, the institution code is 6871 and the department code is 4801.
  • An official Test of English as a Foreign Language score report. Please note that any international students admitted to a KU program must also be tested by the Applied English Center upon arrival, regardless of TOEFL score.

Deadlines

Applications for City and County Leadership Program intern-option applicants must be received by February 1. The admissions committee meets in February and applicants should be notified by the end of February.

City and County Leadership Program career-option applicants and Public Service Leadership Program applicants: Deadlines are May 1 and July 1 for fall admission and October 1 and November 15 for spring admission. Note: No preference is given to applications received by the earlier deadlines. We offer the earlier dates to accommodate applicants who need an earlier decision for planning purposes.

International students: Deadlines for international students are October 1 for spring admission and May 1 for fall admission.

Submit your graduate application online. Send all other requested application materials to

The University of Kansas
School of Public Affairs and Administration
Attn: M.P.A. Admissions
Wescoe Hall
1445 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 4060
Lawrence, KS 66045-7594

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