How to Apply-Public Administration

Learn more about how to apply for Seattle University’s Public Administration graduate program.

Priority Deadlines

Priority deadline are May 20 (Summer), July 20 (Fall), November 20 (Winter) and February 20 (Spring).

Application Review Process and Timeline

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis through the final deadline or until the cohort is filled. Applying by the priority deadline ensures consideration for space in the cohort and consideration for institutional aid scholarships. Please note that the Public Administration program admits students every quarter. Deadlines for each start term can be found on the application timeline below. 

International students should review the international admissions page for more information on deadlines, additional requirements and more.

International Admissions Information

Application Timeline

Quarter Priority Deadline
Summer May 20
Fall July 20
Winter November 20
Spring February 20
Application Review 4-6 weeks post-submission, review by faculty committee and admissions staff
Notification of Admission 6-8 weeks post-submission, admitted students notified 
  1. STEP 1

    Start The Process

    1. Research the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program to see if it’s right for you
    2. Review Admissions Dates & Deadlines
      • Applying by the application deadline ensures consideration for the MPA program and institutional aid scholarships.
      • MPA applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

    Attend An Info Session

    This is an opportunity learn about our program and gain insights into the admissions process as well as connect with our faculty/staff and get your questions answered.

  2. STEP 2

    Begin Your Application

    Once you start an application you will be able to save your progress and will not have to complete it all at once.

    The MPA application includes the following elements:

    1. Letter of Intent
      • Please provide a two-page (maximum) statement, using 12pt font and 1-inch margins, addressing the following elements: 
        • Academic and Professional Goals: Describe your academic and professional goals, explaining how Seattle University’s MPA Mission and Values support your personal and professional growth. Discuss why you are interested in our program and what you hope to achieve during your studies.
        • Curriculum and Program Fit: Review the MPA curriculum and briefly explain how MPA classes will help you achieve your goals. Highlight faculty expertise, courses, and specializations (government and/or nonprofit) that will be relevant to your personal growth and career plans.
        • Work Experience, Education and Professional Interests: Provide a summary of your work experience, education, and professional interests. Include your work experiences, internships, and community service
        • Commitment to Public Service: Discuss how you plan to contribute to the public sector and what drives your passion for this field.
      • Please ensure your letter of intent is original and specific to Seattle University. Avoid directly copying language from the MPA website.
    2. Résumé
      • A one-to-two-page professional résumé documenting education, work and volunteer experience, with an emphasis on any public service.
    3. Two Recommendation Forms
      • Once you've started your application, you will add their email address and they will receive a link to the evaluation form.
      • Do not choose peers, friends or family.
      • Choose from supervisors or instructors who are familiar with your work and your interpersonal skills.
        • These forms are what is evaluated. Please do not include letters of recommendation.
    4. Bachelor’s Degree
      • Evidence of a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
      • The Public Administration Program does not require the GRE. However, applicants from non-graded bachelor's degree programs, have not completed 4 years-worth of course, and/or do not meet the minimum GPA requirement must submit GRE scores.
    5. Minimum of 3.00 GPA
      • As calculated from the last 90 quarter/60 semester credits of the bachelor’s degree, or post-graduate work, including transfer credits.
      • Applicants with less than a 3.00 GPA may apply and may be considered for probationary admission.
    6. Official Transcripts
      • Submit official transcripts for undergraduate coursework and all additional endorsement-related courses to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
      • Transcripts may be mailed or submitted electronically to
      • Applicants may be accepted to the program with unofficial transcripts. Once accepted to the program, students will need to submit official transcripts within their first quarter of enrollment.

    Start Your Application Today

    You will be able to save your progress while completing your application and will not have to complete it all at once.

  3. STEP 3

    Finish Your Application

    1. Submit your application
      • Make sure you hit “Submit” on your application.
      • Submitted applications are only considered complete once all application materials have been received, including your recommendation forms.
  4. STEP 4

    Check Your Application Status

    1. Check Your Status
      • You can login to check the status of your application anytime.
    2. Monitor your email
      • Make sure to regularly check the email you listed on your application for updates, including your admission decision. 
      • Applicants should review the application timeline for information on when to expect an admission decision.

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about the program or application, we’re here to help.

Destiny Ledesma

Senior Admissions Counselor

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