MPA Admission Requirements

How to Apply

Applicants must submit the following directly to the UA Little Rock Graduate School:

  • Online Graduate application form (available at ualr.edu/gradschool)
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work
  • Official GRE or MAT scores
  • Official TOEFL scores (international students only)
  • $40.00 Application Fee (Application Fee Waiver Request)

Applicants must submit the following directly to the MPA Coordinator: Jerry Stevenson (jgstevenson@ualr.edu)

  • Written statement of educational and career goals
  • Resume
  • At least two letters of recommendation

Admission Requirements

Regular admission may be granted to applicants who have achieved the following:

  • Baccalaureate degree from accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale) or a 3.0 in the last 60 hours. Work in other graduate or professional programs will be considered in making admission decisions.
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogy Test (MAT) is required. Preferred scores on the GRE should be in the range of 153 for the verbal section of the exam and in the range of 148 for the quantitative section. The preferred MAT score is 400.
  • A one-page written statement of educational and career goals (required)
  • Resume (required)
  • Two letters of recommendation (required)

Conditional Admission may be granted to applicants who have achieved the following:

  • Baccalaureate degree from accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.7 to 2.9 (4.0 scale). Work in other graduate or professional programs will be considered in making admission decisions
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogy Test (MAT) is required. Preferred scores on the GRE should be in the range of 153 for the verbal section of the exam and in the range of 148 for the quantitative section. The preferred MAT score is 400.
  • A one-page written statement of educational and career goals (required)
  • Resume (required)
  • Two letters of recommendation (required)

Special Conditional Admission:  Applicants with a GPA between 2.5 to 2.6 but who demonstrate extraordinary potential for professional achievement may petition the MPA Graduate Coordinator for special consideration if they satisfy the following criteria:

  • Baccalaureate degree from accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 to 2.6 (4.0 scale) or a 3.0 in the last 30 hours. Work in other graduate or professional programs will be considered in making admission decisions.
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogy Test (MAT) is required. Preferred scores on the GRE should be in the range of 153 for the verbal section of the exam and in the range of 148 for the quantitative section.  The preferred MAT score is 400.
  • A minimum of three years of verified professional work experience in public service or nonprofit
  • A one-page written statement of educational and career goals (required)
  • Resume (required)
  • Two letters of recommendation (required)
  • Personal interview with MPA Graduate Admissions Committee (required)

Application Deadlines

Applicants to the MPA program are accepted each semester (fall, spring and summer).  While there is no official deadline, applications do need to be processed and reviewed.  It is recommended that students have their applications completed at least two weeks prior to the start of the semester.