MPA Application Requirements and Deadlines
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. Once the application is complete, it will be reviewed by the Department of Public Administration & Policy's admissions committee. Average processing time for a completed application is three to four weeks.
- Spring – December 1
- Fall (with assistantship consideration) – February 1
- Fall – July 15
MPA Application Checklist:
- Completed Degree Application
- Official transcripts* of all graduate and undergraduate work to date
- Official GRE Scores** (GMAT & LSAT*** scores are also acceptable)
- two letters of recommendation
- 1 to 2 page statement of background and goals
- $75 Application Fee
*Scanned copies of transcripts will not be accepted as official. Applications will not be reviewed without official copies of the transcripts.
** GRE/GMAT waiver requests will be considered from applicants who possess 5 or more years of relevant full-time professional experience. Please see our GRE/GMAT waiver policy for more information.
*** 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 RockAdmissions@albany.edu regarding details and approval.
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 International Applicants:
International applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. For more information regarding English proficiency, degree equivalencies, and transcript requirements, please visit the University's International Applicants web page
For more information, contact:
Rockefeller College Office of Graduate Admissions