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How to apply

The Master of Public Administration program admits new students for the fall, spring and summer semesters.

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA

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Application checklist

The following items need to be included before submitting your application:

✓ Application submitted by April 1 for the fall and summer semesters or Oct. 15 for the spring semester 

✓ Transcripts (If you graduated from WVU, the transcripts will be automatically uploaded)

✓ Letter of intent (Indicate your interest in a career in public service, what you hope to gain from the MPA program and why WVU offers you the best opportunity for achieving your professional goals) 

✓ Resume

The following items will be uploaded as they are received:

✓ Two letters of recommendation 

✓ Standardized graduate-level test scores (GRE, GMAT, or LSAT) 

✓ TOEFL scores (for international students only)


Exceptions to the graduate exam test requirement

The requirement that applicants submit GRE, GMAT or LSAT scores can be waived under the following circumstances:

Expedited admission based on undergraduate GPA: Applicants who earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in West Virginia and achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher are eligible to waive the graduate exam score requirement. Please note you are applying for an expedited admission in your letter of intent.

Evidence of graduate level competence: Applicants who already hold a graduate degree or have successfully completed at least 18 semester hours in another accredited graduate program may request a waiver of the graduate exam score requirement. Please state your request for a graduate level competence waiver in your letter of intent. 

Significant managerial administrative experience: Applicants with at least five years of managerial administrative experience after completing their undergraduate degree may request a waiver of the graduate exam score requirement by providing a letter of intent about their verbal, written, and quantitative competency. The letter of intent should include specific examples of your ability to write effectively, analyze complex situations and complete quantitative analysis.