The Master of Public Administration program has a rolling admissions policy. All materials should be submitted to the Graduate Studies Office and the MPA program by the Wednesday before the beginning of the first summer session (May 2, 2018) for summer admission, the Monday before the beginning of the Fall 2018 semester (August 13, 2018) for fall admission, and the Wednesday before the beginning of the Spring 2019 semester (January 2, 2019) for spring admission.
Students who are unable to meet the application deadline for the program may seek guest student status to enroll in MPA courses.
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.
The MPA Student Handbook can be viewed here.
Pre-Requisites for Admission
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.
The following materials must be submitted to the Graduate Studies Office:
The following materials will be submitted through the following link:
Students who do meet the minimum requirements but have a GPA below 3.0 and above 2.75 may seek conditional admission into the MPA program. Conditionally admitted students may take two graduate courses (six credit hours) at USI. If a grade of B or better is earned in each USI graduate course taken while classified as a conditionally admitted student and the instructors in these courses recommend unconditional admission to the program, with the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies and the Director of the MPA Program, conditionally admitted students will be unconditionally admitted to the program.
Individuals may enroll in public administration courses as a guest student. Guest students may take up to two graduate courses (six credit hours) without being formally admitted to the MPA program. If a guest student is subsequently admitted to the MPA program, public administration courses successfully completed will count toward the degree requirements. It is important to note, however, that admission as a guest student and success in graduate courses does not guarantee admission to the MPA program.
A student seeking to enroll in public administration courses as guests must submit a Graduate Application for Non-degree or Guest Status (contact the Graduate Studies Office), undergraduate transcripts, and the one-time non-refundable $40 graduate application fee no later than one month after the application deadline. In addition, admission must be approved by the Director of the MPA program and the Director of Graduate Admissions. The Director of the MPA program will not allow individuals with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) to enroll in public administration courses as a special student. Admission as a guest student does not guarantee enrollment in public administration courses.
Guest students may enroll in public administration courses only when enrollment caps have not been met and when students formally admitted (or expected to be formally admitted) to the MPA program have had an opportunity to enroll.