What are the admissions requirements?

Students interested in the MPA must apply through the online Graduate School application process and pay an application fee.  When selecting the program of study, choose Public Administration (MPA).  

The MPA degree is the recognized professional degree in public administration and is appropriate for students pursuing public service careers in government, nonprofit organizations, and private sector firms providing services to governments. The MPA program welcomes applications from recent undergraduates and experienced professionals seeking to develop and strengthen a broad set of administrative skills.

To apply, applicants must submit:

  • Recent scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).
  • A statement of purpose, outlining professional goals and motivation for pursing the M.P.A. degree.
  • A professional resume summarizing education, work, and volunteer experiences.
  • Transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate work.
  • Evidence of successful completion of previous course work in U.S. government and statistics.

Apply to the JMU MPA program

What are the application deadlines?

The MPA program has a rolling admissions process. Generally, we need to have your completed application at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the semester in which you intend to enroll. To be considered for assistantships, students must have a completed application on file by April 1st.

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