February 1, 2017 is the deadline for early consideration for admission. We will review qualified applicants on a monthly basis after February. If you’re interested, please start your application as soon as possible.
The application process for the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is an online process. You will need to create electronic copies (in PDF format) of your unofficial transcripts, your statement, and your resume for uploading. We encourage you to begin the online application process - you may return later and complete the process as you gather the necessary application materials. Please contact Bob Choquette if you encounter any difficulties with the online system. If money is to be sent by Wire Transfer, please fill in this linked PDF Wire Transfer form and call the Cashiers Office to let them know it is coming.
We encourage prospective students to visit us at their convenience to learn more about the program and meet current faculty and students. You can either attend one of our scheduled open houses, or at other times that match your travel schedule. Please contact Bob Choquette to arrange your visit to the PPPM Department.
Currently enrolled graduate students interested in concurrent degree program, please contact Bob Choquette for application procedures to the public administration master’s program.
The MPA admissions committee meets soon after the February 1st application deadline to evaluate application materials. Applicants will be notified by mail of their admission status. Students typically begin the program fall term.
- Start with the University of Oregon Online Graduate Application; 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.
- You must include unofficial transcripts from all prior undergraduate and graduate institutions in your online application.
- You must also have official transcripts from all colleges or universities where you received a bachelor’s degree and all subsequent degrees sent to Office of Admissions, 1217 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1217. 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.
- NOTE: 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.
- NOTE: 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 resume, uploaded into the Online Graduate Application.
- A brief statement of purpose or personal statement, uploaded into the Online Graduate Application. The statement should be 2-3 pages in length and should address your professional goals and motivations. You may include background information to help us understand what experiences and values you bring to the MPA program, and how you think the program will help you grow intellectually and professionally.
- Three letters of recommendation from references who can evaluate your academic potential (provide email addresses for your references within the Online Graduate Application).
- 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."
- A spoken English test score for some international students (see below for qualifications/exemptions).
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.
Non-Native Speakers of English
A satisfactory command of the English language is required for admission to the University of Oregon. Applicants whose native language is not English must show proof of language proficiency through one of the following three methods:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), minimum score: 88 (Internet-Based). Scores must be less than 2 years old at the time of application. Information regarding this examination may be obtained from TOEFL.
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination, minimum score: 7.0 overall band score.
- Degree from English-speaking country: Submit degree transcripts proving that you have received a bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or from an institution in the following countries: Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom.
Please request that your TOEFL or IELTS scores be sent to the Admissions Office, 1217 University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon 97403-1217 (select UO code 4846), and to the Public Administration program, (select program "Public Administration").
About the GRE
If you choose to take the GRE, which we strongly encourage, please request GRE scores be sent to university code "4846 UO" and program code "Public Administration." We accept the GMAT score instead of GRE; select "University of Oregon College of Business." Please have a copy of all scores also sent to the PPPM Department.
If circumstances prevent you from taking the GRE in time for the February 1 deadline, please contact Bob Choquette. We can remain flexible regarding your application deadline.
Some financial assistance in the form of graduate teaching fellowships (GTFs) is available to MPA students. GTF awards include a full tuition waiver, health insurance and a competitive monthly stipend. Students may also be eligible for summer support, either in the form of teaching or research fellowships. For full consideration of a GTF award, application for admission to the MPA program and financial aid should be complete by February 1 of the academic year prior to admission. For further information on GTF appointment, rehire criteria, and evaluation procedures, please go to General Duties and Responsibilities, (select Planning, Public Policy and Management) for the document describing the specific relationship between GTFs and the PPPM Department.
The Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management (PPPM) strongly encourages applications from people of all backgrounds. PPPM is dedicated to fostering an academic environment that will prepare our students to flourish in diverse communities found both locally and abroad. We recognize that a diverse student body brings multiple perspectives (e.g., cultural, historical, spiritual, political, etc.) that enhance the curriculum and offer various sources for learning. We also recognize that a familiarity and comfort with diverse viewpoints, backgrounds, and real-life experiences will help produce better future public leaders.
The University of Oregon offers Diversity Excellence Scholarships for graduate students who are US citizens. The deadline is before the department's application deadline. For more information and the application, visit http://financialaid.uoregon.edu/diversity_excellence_scholarship
International students interested in financial aid opportunities should visit the UO's International Affairs web page for additional information.
For more information, contact
Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management
1209 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1209
Telephone: 1 (541) 346-3851
Updated November 22, 2016