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Combined BA/MPA Program Application Requirements and Deadlines

Applications for the combined BA/MPA programs are only accepted for the fall. Applicants must have completed at least 56 undergraduate credits, must possess a GPA of 3.2 or higher, and must have taken two or more quantitative courses with a B or better grade in each in order to be considered for admission. The best time to apply for the combined
BA/MPA program is at the end of your junior year.

All applications must be submitted through the University’s Online Application System. Supplementary materials such as the statement of background and goals and resume should be uploaded into the online application system. The GRE requirement is waived for BA/MPA applicants.


  • Spring – N/A
  • Fall – June 15

BA/MPA Application Checklist:

  • Completed Degree Application
  • Official transcripts* of all undergraduate work to date (official UAlbany transcripts need not be submitted)
  • two letters of recommendation
  • 1 to 2 page statement of background and goals
  • Resume
  • $75 Application Fee

*Scanned copies of transcripts will not be accepted as official.  Applications will not be reviewed without official copies of the transcripts.

Instructions for the Statement of Background and Goals:

In a 1-2 page double-spaced essay, state your reason for undertaking graduate study in Public Administration and Policy. Convey how graduate study enhances your career plans. Also, discuss any substantial accomplishments, either collegiate, professional, or in the community, which cannot be inferred through other areas of your application. Finally, explicitly talk about your area of interest, such as nonprofit management or public finance, as this information directly impacts your advisor assignment if accepted to the public administration program.

For more information, contact: 
Rockefeller College Office of Graduate Admissions
 | 518-442-5396