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Admission Requirements

Program Admission

All applicants must submit all college transcripts, GRE scores, a personal statement, and two letters of recommendation. The MPA program also accepts the LSAT and the GMAT in lieu of the GRE.

Regular Admission

Any student with a grade-point average of 3.00 or above (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate work before the baccalaureate degree and a minimum GRE score of 297 on file in the Office of the Graduate College normally will be granted regular admission status.

Conditional Admission

Students who do not meet the criteria for regular admission will be considered for conditional admission, if their GPA on the last 60 hours are between 2.75 and 3.00. A meeting with the MPA Director is also advised. The admission decision is made by a faculty committee upon recommendation of the MPA Director.

The graduate advisor will recommend the stipulations and requirements for conditional admission. Students who are admitted conditionally must make a grade of “B” or better in each course for their first 12 hours of course work. When the conditions have been met, the graduate advisor will recommend regular admission status to the Dean of the Graduate College.

International Student Admission

International students, as defined in the front section of the Graduate Catalog, must submit an internet based (iBT) score with at least a total minimum score of 78 with the 4 minimum section scores of 19/reading, 19/listening, 19/speaking, and 18/writing. The iBT is required of international MPA applicants who are native speakers of English as well as non-native speakers of English.