Department of Political Science & Criminal Justice

Summer 2015 

  • PADM 6300
  • PADM 6560
  • PADM 6620
  • PADM 6670
  • PADM 6750
  • PADM 6890
  • PADM 6900
  • PADM 6950
  • PADM 6990

Fall 2015

  • PADM 6000
  • PADM 6200
  • PADM 6440
  • PADM 6500
  • PADM 6570
  • PADM 6610
  • PADM 6650
  • PADM 6750
  • PADM 6890
  • PADM 6900
  • PADM 6950
  • PADM 6990

Master of Public Administration

Application and Degree Requirements for Master of Public Administration

Prospective MPA students must follow all of the Graduate Applications procedures outlined below. The MPA program accepts the LSAT entrance exam, as well as the GMAT, GRE, and MAT. Most applicants take the GRE or the MAT. The mean scores, not required scores, for accepted applicants are GRE/300 and MAT/400. The MPA program does not accept electronic reference forms. Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation through SUU's Graduate Admissions Office. The reference letters can be emailed to the Graduate Admissions office.

In addition to SUU's graduate application requirements, prospective students must submit a Letter of Intent to the admissions committee. The Letter of Intent is an opportunity for the prospective student to introduce him/herself to the MPA faculty and is closely reviewed during the admissions process. The Letter of Intent should include information such as prior volunteer activities, work or academic experiences, career interests, and why the applicant would like to pursue an MPA at SUU.

**ATTACHMENT: The applicant must also research and respond to the following question: Should a government be run like a business? The response needs to be in APA format and no longer than two pages. The response should also include at least three citations. The response must be attached to the applicant's Letter of Intent.

Admission to the MPA Program

Applications for admissions must be received by the following deadlines:

  • July 15 - Fall Semester
  • November 15 - Spring Semester
  • April 15 - Summer Semester

The following documents are required when seeking admission to the MPA Program. The application and all components should be submitted to the SUU Admissions Office at gradapps@suu.edu :

  1. SUU Graduate Admissions application
  2. Payment of the non-refundable application fee
  3. A Letter of Intent written by the applicant, including the specified attachment** (see above)
  4. A complete resume.
  5. Receipt of three (3) letters of recommendation
  6. Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions.
  7. Receipt of official score report from the GRE/GMAT/LSAT/MAT or petition to waive test scores, see below for more details. The test score and/or petition will be evaluated in conjunction with GPA and other factors to determine whether or not the applicant is ready for graduate study.

Minimum Admission Requirements

Applicants should meet the following criteria:

  1. Achieved and awarded a Bachelors Degree from an accredited university or college
  2. Achieved an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  3. Completed the GRE/GMAT/LSAT/MAT (Graduate level entrance/placement exam).
  4. Online and face-to-face applicants possessing a total 3 years of professional work experience may petition (with substantive documentation) to have the test requirement waived  All petitions will be evaluated by the admission committee in consideration with the full application.

  5. International applicants from non-English-speaking countries must demonstrate competency in the English language. A minimum score of (550: Paper based test, 213: Computer based test, or 79: Internet based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) taken within the past two years satisfies this requirement. International students are required to complete POLS 1100 American National Government. In some cases, the student may take POLS 1100 American National Government concurrently their first semester.

  6. Online Out-of-State only applicants must have 1 year of professional work experience. Experience will be evaluated by the admission committee in consideration with the full application.

After all of the above are received, the materials will be reviewed by the MPA admissions committee. Applicants meeting the minimum requirements may be interviewed by the Program Director. The admissions committee views each application in its entirety to ensure all applicants receive an appropriate opportunity for consideration.  For questions on the admission requirements and the application process please contact Rachel Gines at rachelgines@suu.edu and for program questions contact Jennifer Sorenson at jennifersorenson1@suu.edu.

All admitted graduate students are expected to understand and follow APA writing standards prior to their first day of class.

National Standards and Academic Endeavor

SUU's Master of Public Administration program is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), which is the global standard for public service education. Additionally, SUU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

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