“The MPA program is for a diverse, international and talented group of individuals who are all committed to careers in public life” — R. Douglas Arnold, Faculty Chair of the MPA Program
The admission process for the MPA program is primarily an evaluation of how well an applicant can learn what we teach as well as an assessment of the depth and commitment to a career of public service as demonstrated by volunteer interests, internships and professional experience focused on the public good.
The School’s core curriculum builds skills in political, economic, quantitative and behavioral analysis. Previous coursework in mathematics, statistics and economics is highly recommended. Among applicants to our two-year Master in Public Affairs (MPA), 80 percent have work experience, and 90 percent of enrolled students have worked two or more years.
Because the MPA is a professional degree, it makes sense for applicants to acquire some professional experience beforehand to focus their studies and to prove their value to future employers as experienced professionals.