We take pride in the successes of our alumni, now numbering over 500. Our graduates
are leading dynamic service organizations, from city, county, state and federal agencies,
community-based institutions and charities to museums, hospitals and foundations. They
work at all levels of government, as well as in nonprofit, teaching, and research
In addition to teaching and discipline-based research, the Division of Public and
Nonprofit Administration faculty utilize their skills and knowledge in engaged scholarship
projects. Often in collaboration with faculty across the University, Division faculty
work with communities, organizations, and individuals to foster responsive, equitable,
effective, efficient, and accountable governance processes, public policies, and institution-based
programs for the citizens of the Memphis/Mid-South region.
Requirements for 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:
Undergraduate grade point average
The average undergraduate grade point average of all students admitted in the last
three years was 3.1 on a 4.0 scale.
Standardized examination score
You must take the Graduate Record Examination [GRE], Graduate Management Aptitude
Test [GMAT], or Miller Analogy Test [MAT]. The standard exam criteria may be waived
if the applicant meets appropriate professional public service experience requirements.
Follow the link below for more information on the exam waiver.
CLICK HERE for Standard Exam Waiver
Résumé documenting previous education and/or experience
Two letters of recommendation
Preferably, at least letter is from an academic familiar with the applicant's academic
background. The applicant's references should address the applicant's academic background
or work experience, specifying in detail the applicant's capabilities for graduate
study and for future performance as a public service organization administrator.
If you are interested in a graduate assistantship, your letters should also include
information on your ability to perform graduate assistant duties (i.e. conduct research
and other administrative duties).
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 must be
500-750 words in length.
Deadlines for application are as follows:
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?
Step 1: Apply to the University of Memphis Graduate School. The Graduate School will forward your application to the M.P.A. program after you've
submitted a completed application package, including transcripts and graduate exam
Step 2: Send the following supporting documents directly to the Division of Public and Nonprofit
- Statement of Interest
- Two letters of Recommendation
Mail your documents to:
MPA Admissions Committee
124 McCord Hall
Division of Public and Nonprofit Administration
University of Memphis
Memphis, TN 38152
CLICK HERE for more information about enrollment.