Apply for a Master of Public Administration

  • Application Available: Generally Fall term, the preceding year
  • Application Deadline: February 1 is the deadline for priority acceptance. If space is available after the February admissions round, we will review qualified applicants on a monthly basis.
  • Application Decision: The admissions committee meets soon after the application deadline to evaluate application materials. Applicants will be notified by mail of their admission status. Students typically begin the program fall term, but under certain exceptional circumstances, may start mid-year.

The application process for the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is an online process. You will need to create digital copies (in PDF format) of your unofficial transcripts, your statement, and your résumé for uploading. We encourage you to begin the online application process. You may return to it later to complete the process as you gather the necessary application materials. Please contact Bob Choquette if you encounter any difficulties with the online system.

Incoming Master of Public Administration students share a passion and commitment to improving the social, economic, and environmental conditions locally and globally. The MPA program draws students from across the United States and from a number of other countries. Most incoming students have several years of experience in the public or nonprofit sectors. Students' undergraduate backgrounds are varied. While many majored in a social science field, it is not at all unusual to admit students with backgrounds in the arts and humanities or the sciences. What unifies the students is their interest and commitment to public service.

Approximately 25 students join the MPA program each fall, for a total of roughly 50 graduate students in the MPA program and 130 graduate students. Students are selected for the MPA program based upon a combination of their undergraduate academic performance, intellectual aptitude, public service experience, and written statements. GREs are strongly recommended for admission. The average undergraduate GPA for students in the program is 3.6 and their mean GRE scores are at the 75th percentiles overall, with somewhat better scores on the verbal portion. We also accept the GMAT score.

Most students complete the MPA as full time students over two academic years. Students may complete the program part time, but doing so requires a flexible employment situation. We strongly encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. PPPM is dedicated to fostering a diverse academic environment to prepare future public leaders.

The Master of Public Administration program encourages students from all backgrounds to apply. We are committed to providing equal opportunities for all faculty, staff, and students regardless of ethnicity, heritage, gender, sexual orientation, ability, socio-economic standing, or cultural beliefs and traditions. We welcome students from a full spectrum of professional and academic backgrounds because a broad range of experience enriches the learning environment for all and challenges us to widen our perspectives. We believe a diverse program better prepares our students to be effective leaders in the public and nonprofit sectors.

Prospective students should contact Bob Choquette, Graduate Coordinator, with questions related to admissions and applications. Questions related to internships, job placement, and professional development can be directed to the Internship Director. Other questions about the MPA program should be directed to Grant Jacobsen, the MPA program director.

Currently enrolled graduate students interested in concurrent degree program, please contact Bob Choquette for application procedures to the public administration master’s program.

We encourage prospective students to visit us. Learn more about the program and meet current faculty and students by attending a scheduled Graduate Info Session or arranging an individual visit.

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Application Process

The online application system is open to receive prospective student applications for Fall entry, with a priority acceptance deadline of February 1. Direct your questions about admission to Bob Choquette, the graduate coordinator. In exceptional cases, mid-year entry and alternative admission dates are possible. The application is a multipart process that must be completed before the application committee will review it.

  1. University of Oregon Graduate School applicationincludes official transcripts and information on your personal and educational background, as well as English language competency for non-native English speakers. (Note: if you are applying to more than one program at the University of Oregon, you must complete one Graduate Application for each program. Be sure to use the checkbox on the application form to avoid paying a second application fee.)
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  2. UO application requirements
     
  3. Additional required matierals:
     
    • If you are an international student, you must send a TOEFL score report to:
      The University of Oregon
      Institutional Code: 4846
      Department Code: 4401
      International students must meet additional requirements before being admitted to the University of Oregon.
      Please visit http://gradschool.uoregon.edu/international-applicants for complete details.​
       
    • English language proficiency requirements for PPPM:
      • IBT TOEFL Minimum = 88
      • PBT TOEFL Minimum = 575
      • IELTS Minimum = 7.0. ETS​
      • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or from Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom will also satisfy English proficiency requirements.
         
    • You must include unofficial transcripts from all prior undergraduate and graduate institutions in your online application.
       
    • You must have official transcripts from all colleges or universities where you received a bachelor’s degree and all subsequent degrees. Send them to:
      Office of Admissions
      1217 University of Oregon
      Eugene, OR 97403-1217

      Transcript Notes:
       
      • Transcripts must show degree awarded.
         
      • If you attended a school, but didn’t complete a degree, you do not need to send that transcript to the Office of Admissions.
         
      • If you have not yet finished your degree at the time of application, you do not need to send your in-progress transcripts to the Office of Admissions. If you are admitted, you will need to arrange to have your final degree transcript sent after your degree is conferred.
         
      • If you attended or are currently attending the University of Oregon, you do not need to send your UO transcript to the Admissions Office.
    • A comprehensive employment and education résumé, uploaded into the Online Graduate Application.
       
    • A personal statement, 1-2 pages, single spaced, PDF format, describing your motivation and preparation for furthering (or entering) a career in the nonprofit sector, and providing a hypothetical blueprint for the next 5–10 years of your career, uploaded into the Online Graduate Application.
       
    • Three letters of recommendation from references who can evaluate your academic potential (provide email addresses for your references within the Online Graduate Application), with one or more of the letters by a faculty member.
       
    • (Optional but highly recommended) Scores on the general test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) sent from the testing center. The University's institution code is "4846 UO," and use program code "Public Administration." GMAT scores are also accepted; use code "KSQ."