Frequently Asked Questions

 Which entrance exam should I take before applying to your program: GMAT or GRE?

  • The GRE is required. The University of Arizona's institution code is 4832.

    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

  • It is strongly suggested, however, that students without any collegiate math courses or those who do not feel that they have strong skills in this area take a brush-up course to improve their skills on the GRE quantitative section. Refresher courses can also be found online at no cost. Feel free to contact Pamela Adams at with questions.

 Are there any prerequisites to apply to the MPA program?

  • The Graduate College requires a 3.0 GPA and 4 years of college level work with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.  The GPA calculation is based on the cumulative or the last 60 units of work and in the case of transfer work, all transcripts must be attached for re-calculation.
  • There is a limited opportunity for GPA repair, two courses at the non-degree level will be accepted towards the MPA program.
  • GPA's calculated below 2.7 will not be acceptable for admission to the MPA program.

 What is the deadline for applications?

  • Fall: July 31; Financial aid (assistantships and scholarships) April 15.
  • Spring: December 1

 Can I attend the program as a part-time student?

  • Yes! We realize that being a full-time student while working full-time is not easy. Therefore, our course scheduling and on campus location make it easier for individuals to complete the program as a part-time student.

 Are classes offered in the evening?

  • Yes, all core courses are now offered in the evening, between 5:30 pm and 8:00 pm. Courses that are crosslisted with other departments or with 400 level courses are offered on the main campus at various times. Full time students can complete the program in as little as two years, part time students have up to six years to complete the program.

 Where can I apply?

  • View the MPA Admissions page for links to the online application form, along with a list of other requirements for admission.

 Is financial assistance available?

  • There are several opportunities for financial assistance through UA's Financial Aid Office and the Graduate College. Additionally, the School offers a limited numbers of assistantships and scholarships to highly qualified applicants. Insterested students must apply by April 15 to be considered.

 What types of jobs do MPA graduates take upon completion of their degree?

  • MPA graduates have been placed at various federal, state, and local government agencies. Recent graduates have been placed at The Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Johnson Space Center, Capital Research Center in Washington D.C., and the University of Wyoming.

 How much will it cost to get my MPA?

 Why should I get an MPA degree?

  • Recent data suggests that in this economy, public sector employment is one of the few areas projected for growth. Public sector management faces real challenges in the coming years and an MPA from the School of Government and Public Policy at The University of Arizona will prepare you with the necessary skills to meet real-world challenges and make a difference. Flexible scheduling and evening classes will help you accomplish this at your own pace. Interested applicants can contact Pamela Adams at to discuss how an MPA can move their career forward.
  • View more about why you should get an MPA degree from the School of Government and Public Policy.