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Requirements for MPA Admission

Applicants for the Master of Public Administration program must satisfy all requirements for admission to the Graduate School and receive a favorable endorsement from the public administration faculty. Admissions decisions are based on undergraduate GPA, standardized examination scores (GRE, GMAT, or MAT), and additional information provided by a resume, two letters of recommendation and a personal statement of interest.

The following criteria are used when considering an application:

1)  Undergraduate grade point average

We generally prefer applicants to have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0, or a GPA of 3.0 in their last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.

2)  Standardized examination score

You must take the Graduate Record Examination [GRE], Graduate Management Aptitude Test [GMAT], or Miller Analogy Test [MAT]. (We also accept LSAT scores)

We generally prefer applicants to have a minimum GRE Verbal score of 147 and a Quantitative score of 144.

The standard exam criteria may be waived if the applicant meets appropriate professional public service experience and undergraduate performance requirements. Follow the link below for more information on the exam waiver.

Standardized Examination Waiver Policy

3)  Resumé documenting previous education and/or experience

4)  Two References

The applicant provides us with the names and e-mail addresses of two people you wish to use as references. We will contact them and request they complete an online recommendation.

5)  Statement of interest

This statement should articulate the applicant's experience, career goals and education objectives related to the pursuit of the MPA degree. The personal statement should be 300-600 words in length.

Application Deadlines 

Semester Deadline

Fall Admission

July 1 (International Students - May 1)

Spring Admission 

December 1 (International Students - September 15)

Summer Admission

May 1 (International Students - February 1) 


How Do I Apply?

1)  Begin your online application at the Graduate School

If this is your first time applying you will need to click on the First time user account creation link to create an account.

Note: Once you begin your application, you can save it and come back to it at a later time to work on it some more.

2) Checklists

In applying to the MPA Program, you will be sending some of your materials to the Graduate School and some of your materials directly to us. Note: Your application will not be reviewed until all of the materials are received.

Checklist for Materials Sent to the Graduate School

____     Application to the University of Memphis Graduate School

____     Graduate School Application fee

____     Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended

____     Official GRE scores


Checklist for Materials sent to the MPA Program

____     Personal statement of 300-600 words explaining why you wish to study public                       administration and outlining your career goals.

____     A current resume

____     The names and e-mail addresses of two people you wish to use as references. 

Note: All of the MPA Program materials can be sent to mpa@memphis.edu

 Questions about the application process?

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact our administrative assistant, Rebecca Horowitz at 901-678-3360 e-mail rhrowitz@memphis.edu




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