University of Southern Indiana
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Program Admission

Admissions Overview

The Master of Public Administration program has a rolling admissions policy. You are encouraged to complete all program application materials two weeks before the start of the term in which you would like to enroll to guarantee timely review.

Students who are unable to meet the application deadline for the program may seek guest student status to enroll in MPA courses.


Pre-Requisites for Admission

With the exception of students applying to the MA 4+1 program, Applicants seeking to be admitted to the Master of Public Administration program must hold a bachelor's degree (any major is acceptable) with at least a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

Students not meeting minimum GPA requirements may be conditionally admitted.

MPA Application Checklist


Application Process 

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MPA and Dual MPA/MSW Degree Programs

To apply for the MPA/MSW Dual degree program, the following materials must be submitted to the Graduate Studies Office:

  • A completed¬†USI Application for Graduate Study, which can be submitted electronically or by mail
  • Non-refundable USI application fee of $40
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended
  • International students may be required to provide additional materials

The following materials will be submitted through the following link:

  • Personal information including a personal statement
  • A copy of most recent resume or curriculum vita
  • The names and contact information of two references who are familiar with your work

Students pursuing the dual Master of Public Administration and Master of Social Work degree option must be admitted to both programs. View admission requirements for the Master of Social Work Program.

Accelerated MPA 4+1 Option

Current USI students who have at least 75 credit hours and a 3.0 GPA may be considered for the accelerated MPA 4+1 option.  This option allows students to begin taking MPA courses during their undergraduate experience in order to accelerate the completion of the MPA program. In order to apply for the MPA 4+1 program, the following materials should be submitted through the following link:

  • Personal information including a personal statement
  • A copy of most recent resume or curriculum vita
  • The names and contact information of two references who are familiar with your work
  • E-mail the program director at taengbers@usi.edu to inform them of your intent to apply for the MPA 4+1 Option

MPA Certificate Programs

The current Graduate Studies application process for graduate certificates is as follows:

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