Master of Public Affairs


Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or the equivalent from an international institution, with at least a 3.0 grade point average (based on a 4.0 scale). Official transcripts must be provided. Students with a GPA below 3.0 may be considered for probationary admission if they provide one of the following:
    • An acceptable GRE taken within five years of application. Scores on other graduate entrance tests may be accepted at the discretion of the program director.
    • Evidence of at least three years of meaningful professional experience, including uncompensated service. Written documentation, such as letters from the employer or organization must be submitted.
  • Three letters of recommendation from people who can attest to the applicant’s academic preparation, readiness for graduate level study and interest in public affairs. One letter should be from a current or former supervisor from the current (or last) position of employment. This requirement may be adjusted for international students at the discretion of the program director.
  • Admissions essay detailing why the applicant wishes to earn the MPA degree from Park University, as well as the applicant’s career, civic and professional aspirations. This essay must be entirely the work of the applicant and no more than 300 words in length. The essay should be submitted electronically to gradschool@park.edu.
  • Current résumé, submitted electronically to gradschool@park.edu.

Note: The only admissions requirements waived for Park University alumni are the application fee and the submission of official transcripts.