Application Deadline

The MPA program accepts applications on a rolling basis. Completed applications should be received at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the semester in which the student intends to enroll.

If applying to a Public Administration 5th year program, they are only open to applicants who are currently enrolled in a JMU undergraduate degree.

For full consideration for graduate assistantships, completed applications should be received by April 1st.

Program Begins

 Fall, Spring, Summer


Unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary institutions should be uploaded with your electronic application and may be used for departmental admission review purposes. If offered admission, you will be directed and required to submit to the JMU Graduate School an official transcript from any institution from which a degree has been awarded to finalize your admission. Transcripts are considered official if they are sent to JMU directly from the issuing institution.

Required by Program
  •  Statement of Purpose, outlining professional goals and motivation for pursuing the M.P.A. degree
  • Professional resume summarizing education, work, and volunteer experiences
  • GRE/GMAT is required unless the applicant:

    1) has a graduate degree

    2) has 4 or more years of relevant public sector experience and an undergraduate GPA of 2.7 or higher

    Public Administration 5th year format - GRE is required unless you have have 4 or more years of relevant professional experience and GPA of 3.0 or higher

Applicants are expected to complete undergraduate courses in statistics and American Government; missing course work can be completed after application to the program.

Online Application
International Applicants

International Graduate Information

International applicants will upload a credential evaluation of their non-U.S. college or university transcripts from one of the services listed at this link: Credential_Evaluation

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