MPP 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

 Are there any prerequisites to apply to the MPP 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 MPP program.
  • GPA's calculated below 2.7 will not be acceptable for admission to the MPP program.

 What is the deadline for applications?

  • July 31; howeverstudents wishing to be considered for competitive assistantships, scholarships and other forms of financial aid must apply by April 15.

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

  • Yes, Students are allowed to attend as a part time student. Prospective students should contact Craig Smith at with questions. 

 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 cross-listed 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/MPP 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. The Graduate College may offer tuition scholarships, associateship, and work study, as well. Additionally, the School offers a few scholarships and awards to highly qualified applicants. However, available funds may be limited so it is best to apply early.

 How much will it cost to get my MPP?

 Why should I get an MPP degree?

  • Recent data suggests that in this economy, public sector employment is one of the few areas projected for growth. Public sector policy implementation faces real challenges in the coming years and an MPP 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 Craig Smith at to discuss how an MPP can move their career forward.