Public Administration

Degrees and Certificates Offered

Master of Public Administration

Program Coordinator Contact Information

Dr. Jerry Stevenson

Phone: 501.569.3211


Admission Requirements

Regular Admission
  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) or 3.0 for the last 60 hours
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is required. Preferred GRE scores should be in the range of 153 for the verbal section and 148 for the quantitative section. Preferred MAT scores is 400.
  • A written statement of educational and career goals: submit to program coordinator
  • 2 letters of recommendation: submit to program coordinator
  • Resume: submit to program coordinator
  • Work in other graduate or professional programs will be considered in making admission decisions.
Conditional Admission (beginning Fall 2017)

Applicants will be considered for conditional admission if they have achieved a GPA between 2.7 and 3.0 on a previous baccalaureate or graduate degree, or if they have achieved a GPA between 2.7 and 3.0 on their last 60 hours of coursework. Conditionally admitted students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 in their first 9 hours of coursework in order to remain in the program. Conditionally admitted students completing their MPA coursework with a GPA of 3.0 or higher after their first 9 credit hours will become regularly admitted students.

Special Conditional Admission (beginning Fall 2017)

Applicants with a cumulative GPA between 2.5 and 2.69 or in the last 60 hours who demonstrate extraordinary potential for professional achievement may petition the MPA Admissions Committee for special consideration if s/he has a minimum of 3 years of verified professional work experience in public service or nonprofit and is recommended by the admissions committee after a personal interview. Applicants whose petitions are approved by the admissions committee will be subject to the same requirements and restrictions as listed above for conditionally admitted students.

Early Entry Program

Undergraduate students may apply and be accepted provisionally into the MPA graduate program any time after completing 75 or more hours of undergraduate course work. However, at least 90 hours of undergraduate coursework must have been completed by the time the first MPA course is taken.

All applicants must have at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA at UA Little Rock in order to be considered. Applicants must complete an Early Entry Program form, be interviewed, and approved for admission by the MPA graduate coordinator. The MPA graduate coordinator’s decision is final and cannot be appealed. The Early Entry form must be approved by the MPA graduate coordinator before the student begins graduate course work. Failure to obtain prior approval negates the ability to “double count” courses. Early Entry applicants must complete the online graduate application and be officially accepted into the MPA program and the Graduate School after the Early Entry form is approved by the MPA graduate coordinator.

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