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Admission Requirements Apply Now

Students enter the MPA program with bachelor’s degrees from a variety of educational backgrounds. Accordingly, the program meets the needs of students with a wide mix of professional and educational backgrounds and interests.

Students interested in the MPA program may accumulate up to 9 credits in the program as a non-degree-seeking student before applying for admission to the program. To apply for admission, applicants must meet the UAA Admission Requirements for Graduate Degrees and must: 

  • Submit a 300-500 word statement on their career goals and how the MPA degree relates to them.
  • Submit a professional resume or vita.
  • Meet one of the following criteria:
    • Have a combined undergraduate GPA plus GRE Analytic score totaling 7.0 or higher. The GRE test is not required for students having already earned a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or a foreign equivalent, provided they have an undergraduate GPA of 3.00.
    • Have an undergraduate GPA of 3.00 and have taken an introductory course in government (or demonstrate knowledge by taking an approved UAA college-level achievement examination)
    • Complete two PADM core courses with a grade of B or better and complete all PADM core course prerequisites ( ECON A227, ECON A201 and ECON A202 or ECON A602, and PS A101) or their equivalents.

For questions, contact Department Chair, Dr. Marie Lowe