Application and Degree Requirements for Master of Public Administration

Applications are due 2 weeks prior to the start of the 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. We do NOT require an admissions fee
  3. A Letter of Intent written by the applicant

    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.
  4. A current resume
  5. Receipt of three (3) professional references (Applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher need only submit a list of references with contact information. Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 must submit letters of reference.
  6. Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions.
  7. Writing sample - The applicant must also research and respond to the following prompt:

    The field of public administration is often associated with serving the public good and public service. Exploring current academic research in the field of public administration, define public service and identify ways that public administrative leaders might reinvigorate interest in public service work.

    The response needs to be in APA format and no longer than two pages. The response should also include at least three citations.

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. 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 may be required to complete POLS 1100 American National Government. In some cases, the student may take POLS 1100 American National Government concurrently their first semester. Additionally prerequisite courses may be required on a case-by-case basis.

  4. 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 the HSS Graduate Coordinator, Deena Marchal at and for program questions contact the MPA office at or 435-865-8150.

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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