Department of Political Science & Criminal Justice

Master of Public Administration

Admission to the MPA Program

Applications and required documents for admissions must be received by:

  • 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

  1. SUU Graduate Admissions application;
  2. Payment of the non-refundable application fee;
  3. A Letter of Intent written by the applicant;
  4. Resume (Effective Spring 2013)
  5. Three (3) letters of recommendation;
  6. Receipt of official score report from the GRE/GMAT/LSAT/MAT (Mean test score information.)
  7. Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions.

Minimum Admission Requirements

Applicants should meet the following criteria:

  1. Have been awarded a Bachelors Degree from an accredited university or college;
  2. Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  3. Completed a graduate placement test (GRE/GMAT, MAT, LSAT);
  4. 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 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.

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.

All admitted graduate students are expected to have read the APA STYLE GUIDE (available in book stores and online) prior to their first day of class.

National Standards and Academic Endeavor

The MPA program is a member of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). The program was seeking accreditation by NASPAA (a multi-year endeavor) beginning fall 2012. In the summer of 2014, the program was granted full accreditation by NASPAA. Additionally, in spring 2012, students organized a chapter of Phi Alpha Alpha, the national honor society for MPA students. All MPA students who maintain a 3.5 GPA are eligible to join the local chapter, and all students who maintain a 3.7 or higher are eligible to join the national chapter.

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