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Master of Public Administration

How to apply

We are now accepting applications for fall 2023.  If you have any questions contact: Carla See

The Master of Public Administration program admits new students for the fall and spring 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 semester 

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

✓ Statement of Purpose - Provide a letter indicating 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.

✓ Current Resume - Please list work experience, volunteer activities, internships, academic degrees and honors, and other accomplishments you feel the admissions committee should take into account in reviewing your application.  

The following items will be uploaded as they are received:

✓ Two letters of recommendation - Recommendations from professional or academic references should be requested through the online Graduate Application portal. 

✓   Graduate Exam Scores (GRE, GMAT, LSAT, or view below for Exemptions)

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
  • Law School Admissions Council Exam (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:  The applicant who earned a bachelor's degree from a U.S. accredited college or university and achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher are eligible to waive the GRE/GMAT/LSAT requirement to apply for the program. 

    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. 

    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.