MPA Admissions

General Information

For Fall admission, applicants to the MPA program seeking financial aid should submit their application by April 15, 2017. International applicants should submit their application for admission by April 30, 2017.  The final application deadline for Fall 2017 is July 31, 2017 unless a student is graduating from an undergraduate program in the summer of 2017.  Please contact Pamela Adams at for further information regarding these dates.

For Spring admission, applicants should submit their application by December 1, 2017 unless a student is graduating from an undergraduate program in the fall of 2017.  Please contact Pamela Adams at for further information regarding these dates. 

Early submission of applications is advisable. (Particularly for persons seeking financial aid.)  All materials must be received, including GRE scores, by application deadlines to be considered. For tuition information, refers to the Bursar’s Office.

Because admission standards are high, applicants to the MPA program must display impressive credentials. Minimum requirements include a 3.0 grade point average in undergraduate coursework. Particular emphasis is placed on upper-level undergraduate and prior graduate-level academic performance.

Degree candidates need not have significant prior experience in public administration or public policy. Quantitative, analytical, and verbal skills, however, are required of all MPA students given the rigorous nature of the program. Students must demonstrate aptitude in these areas by prior academic record and/or adequate performance on standardized test, i.e., the GRE.

The GRE is required. The University of Arizona's institution code is 4832. The GRE requirement may be waived by the Program Director if applicants:

  • Have already successfully completed a graduate degree in any academic area OR
  • Have 5 or more years of management experience in a governmental or nonprofit organization

For information on GRE test dates and locations, contact:

GRE - Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 966
Princeton, New Jersey 08541
Phone: (609) 771-7670

Because ethnic, national, and gender diversity enriches the program of study for all students, the School of Public Administration and Policy encourages minority group members to apply for professional graduate study. The School has had the opportunity to award minority fellowships in the past and will continue to compete for these fellowships in the years to come. Financial aid packages in the form of scholarships, assistantships, and a pre-graduate school summer program are available for qualified minority students.

Application Materials

The following materials are required for admission to the MPA program:

  • Online Application for admission to the Graduate College.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work. University of Arizona transcripts can be unofficial.
  • Statement of Purpose is required, including information about experiences and career objectives.
  • Resume describing relevant experience, responsibilities and achievements.
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons able to provide verification and a specific assessment of your professional and/or academic performance and capabilities, one of which should be an academic letter of recommendation. Two letters will be acceptable if funding is not required.
  • GRE is required, for more information on GRE test dates and locations, please visit

The application is entirely online, however original transcripts should be sent to:

MPA Applications
School of Government and Public Policy
The University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0027
Attention: Craig Smith

Foreign Applicants and Non-U.S. Citizens

In addition to admissions materials listed above, international students must demonstrate English proficiency as a condition for admission. Scores must be submitted for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), with an iBT internet-based score of 79 or paper score of 550. We also accept the IELTS Exam with a score between 7.0-7.5. Also a funding guarantee form is required with evidence that sufficient funds ($42,872) are available for financing the student's academic program also must be submitted. For further information on International admissions see:

For further information regarding other financial support, contact:

Financial Aid Office
Administration Building, Room 203
The University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0066
(520) 621-1858

For specific MPA admissions information, contact:

Craig Smith, MPA/MPP Director