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Admission Requirements & Deadlines

Admissions for the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Certificate Programs are all done on a rolling basis. Funding is only available for MPA applicants. To be considered for funding, applications must be received by the deadline below.   

All applicants must apply through the University’s Online Application System. Applications for the MPA and Certificate Programs will be received and reviewed up until the deadlines listed below. Please note that the deadlines apply for both full-time and part-time study. 

Deadlines by Program


Fall Admission

Spring Admission

Master of Public Administration

February 1

July 1

November 15

Combined BA/MPA

  June 15 N/A

Certificate Programs


July 15

November 15

Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS)


July 15

November 15

Application Requirements* 

All applications must be submitted through the University’s Online Application System. Supplementary materials such as the statement of background and goals and the letters of recommendation should be uploaded into the online application system. Once the application is complete, it will be reviewed by the Rockefeller College admissions committee. Average processing time for a completed application is three to four weeks.

MPA Application Checklist*

Note: all materials must be submitted through the Online Application System.

**The LSAT may be accepted in lieu of GRE scores when an applicant has taken two or more quantitative courses at the undergraduate level with a B or better average in those courses.  Please contact the Department at regarding details and approval.

Certificate Program Application Checklist*

Note: all materials must be submitted through the Online Application System.

* These requirements are for US residents only. There are additional requirements for international students, which can be found on the University's International Student Information Page.