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.
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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:
The following materials will be submitted through the following link:
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:
MPA Certificate Programs
The current Graduate Studies application process for graduate certificates is as follows: