MPA Admissions

As ethnic, national, and gender diversity enriches the program of study for all students, the School of Government and Public Policy encourages underrepresented populations to apply for professional graduate study. SGPP has had the opportunity to award graduate tuition waivers in the past and will continue to provide these in the future, provided funding is available.

More information on program costs, graduate funding, scholarships, and fellowships can be found at

How to Apply

Please review the following details below for more information on application deadlines and required application materials.  To apply for the MPA program, please submit the Graduate College's online application

SGPP undergraduates interested in the Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP) can be found here:

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Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, especially individuals seeking departmental financial aid.  Please note only complete applications will be reviewed for the consideration of admission.

For deadlines that fall on a non-standard business day or holiday, applications will be due no later than 5pm (MST/AZ time) on the next available business day following the posted deadline. Applications received after the posted deadline may be subject to review for the next available term. Please contact our department at if you have further questions on these deadlines.

  • March 15th - priority deadline for all applicants seeking departmental financial aid consideration
  • June 1st - final deadline for international applicants (regular admission)
  • June 15th - final deadline for AMP candidates
  • July 1st - final deadline for domestic applicants (regular admission)

Fall applications for regular admission will open mid-October of each year.  Complete applications will be reviewed starting mid-January for the consideration of admission.

Fall applications for AMP candidates will open mid-March of each year.  Complete applications will be reviewed starting mid-June for the consideration of admission.

  • October 1st - international applicant deadline
  • December 1st - domestic applicant deadline

Spring applications will open mid-March of each year. Complete applications will be reviewed starting early July for the consideration of admission.

Application Materials

The following application materials are required to apply to the MPA program:

Please submit an online application through the Graduate College's GradApp system:

All materials can be uploaded prior to submitting the application.  Please note the Graduate College requires an application fee of $90.  This fee is non-refundable and cannot be waived unless there is an affiliation with an approved sponsored program.  Additional information can be found at

Unofficial transcripts of all undergraduate and/or graduate coursework should be added to your application.

Please keep in mind that a minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) is required for admission to the University of Arizona Graduate College.

If admitted to the University of Arizona, all official transcripts requested by the Graduate College should be sent within 30 days after the first day of classes. Do not mail official transcripts until offered admission.  Electronic official transcripts can be sent to (preferred method).  If physical official transcripts must be sent, please mail or hand deliver (in a sealed envelope) to:

Graduate College
The University of Arizona
Administration Building, Room 322
PO Box 210066
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0066

The statement of purpose is a chance to tell us more about you, why you are interested in the MPA program, and post-graduation goals.

In 2-3 pages, double-spaced at 10-12 point font, the statement of purpose should answer the following questions:

  1. Why are you interested in pursuing the Master of Public Administration program?
  2. What about your background (education, professional experience, life experience, etc.) has prepared you for this program?
  3. What are your goals after graduation?
  4. Optional: Provide additional information you believe would be helpful to the admissions review committee.

Two letters of recommendation are required, with at least one letter from an academic professional preferred. 

These letters should be from persons able to provide verification and specific assessment of your academic and/or professional performance and capabilities. 

On the application, you will enter your recommenders' information (name, title, email, etc.).  An email will automatically be sent to your recommenders with further instruction on how to submit a letter directly to your application.

Note for AMP applicants: One letter of recommendation is required, preferably from an instructor or professor.

A current resume that describes relevant experience, responsibilities and achievements is required. 

The MPA program does not require the GRE for the consideration for admission to our program.  Therefore, it is not recommend to submit GRE scores for the sole purpose of entrance to our program.

International Applicants

In addition to application materials listed above, international applicants must demonstrate English proficiency as a condition for admission.  Acceptable English proficiency credentials may be provided with the following exams:

A minimum score of 79 on the iBT, or 60 on the revised PBT with no section lower than 15.  Note: The Individual MyBest scores must also be dated within 2 year of the enrollment term to be considered valid.

The TOEFL Essentials test with a minimum band score of 9.5 is also acceptable.

Click here for more information on TOEFL.

A minimum composite score of 7, with no subject area below a 6.

Click here for more information on IELTS.

A minimum test score of 110.

This test is offered by the University of Arizona's Center for English as a Second Language (CESL). 

Click here for more information on CEPT Full Academic.

The Graduate College requires that all international applicants submit English proficiency test scores.  The School of Government & Public Policy cannot waive this requirement.  The Graduate College does, however, provide a few exemptions from this requirement which can be found here.

Please note the MPA program does not offer conditional admission.

After admission, international applicants must submit a financial guarantee that provides evidence of sufficient funds ($59,923 minimum) that are available for financing the their academic program. Further information can be found at

Next Steps

If admitted to the MPA program, feel free to review your next steps at