MPA Admissions

Deadlines and General Information

For Fall admission, applicants to the MPA program seeking financial aid should submit their application by April 1. International applicants should submit their application for admission by June 1.  The final application deadline for Fall is July 1.
For Spring admission, applicants should submit their application by December 1.  International applicants should submit their application for Spring admission by September 15.
If any of these deadlines fall on a Saturday or Sunday, applications will be due no later than 5pm, Arizona time, on the Monday following the due date. Please contact if you have further questions on these deadlines.
Early submission of applications is advisable, particularly for persons seeking financial aid or teaching assistantships.  All materials must be received by application deadlines to be considered. For tuition information, please refer to the Bursar’s Office.
Since admission standards are high, applicants to the MPA program must display impressive credentials. Minimum requirements include a 3.0 grade point average in undergraduate coursework, with particular emphasis placed on upper-level undergraduate and prior graduate-level academic performance.
As ethnic, national, and gender diversity enriches the program of study for all students, the School of Government and Public Policy encourages minority group members to apply for professional graduate study. The School has had the opportunity to award minority fellowships in the past and will continue to compete for these fellowships in the years to come. Financial aid packages in the form of scholarships, assistantships, and a pre-graduate school summer program are available for qualified minority students.

Application Materials

The following materials are required for admission to the MPA program:

  • Online Application for admission to the Graduate College.
  • Unofficial transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work. Unofficial transcripts are necessary as part of the admission process, however if admission is offered, official transcripts are then required. Do not mail official transcripts until offered admission. Please note that if you are admitted, all official transcripts must be received by the Graduate College within 30 days after the first day of classes. Please keep in mind that a minimum 3.0 GPA is required for acceptance to the University of Arizona Graduate College. 
  • Statement of Purpose is required, including information about experiences and career objectives. For more information, please see the online application. 
  • Resume describing relevant experience, responsibilities and achievements.
  • Two letters of recommendation from persons able to provide verification and a specific assessment of your professional and/or academic performance and capabilities; if possible, one of these letters should be an academic letter of recommendation. You will input your recommenders' information into the online application, and the application will reach out to them directly with instructions on how to submit the letters. 
  • Please note: the MPA program does not require the GRE for consideration for admission to our program. If you have already taken the test, please feel free to submit your scores, but these are by no means required. We do not recommend taking the GRE for the sole purpose of entrance to our program. 

If admitted, official transcripts should be sent to:

Graduate College
The University of Arizona
Administration Building, Room 322
PO Box 210066
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0066

Official electronic transcripts may be sent to

International Applicants and Non-U.S. Citizens

In addition to admissions materials listed above, international students must demonstrate English proficiency as a condition for admission. Acceptable English proficiency credentials may be provided with the following exams:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - minimum scores of 79 iBT (or 60 on the revised PBT with no section score lower than 15).  Individual MyBest scores must also be dated within 2 years of the enrollment term to be considered valid.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - minimum composite score of 7, with no subject area below a 6.
  • Pearson PTE Academic - minimum scores of 60.
  • Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) - minimum scores level C1.

After admission, information regarding financial guarantee is also required with evidence that sufficient funds ($42,872) are available for financing the student's academic program. For further information on International admissions see:

For further information regarding other financial support, contact:

Financial Aid Office
Administration Building, Room 203
The University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0066
(520) 621-1858

For more specific MPA admissions information, contact: