College of Arts and Sciences
Master of Public Administration



     Admission Requirements

    Strong candidates will have a combination of at least one year of professional work experience, a demonstrated commitment to public service, a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, and a 3.0 GPA. Applicants without a 3.0 GPA may be admitted on a probationary basis.  

    There are no entrance exams required for application to the program unless your bachelor's degree was from a non-traditional institution (letter grades not issued), then you must submit GRE scores. We believe factors such as professional goals and motivation are better predictors of success in the program than scores from standardized exams.

    However, evidence of ability to read and speak English at the graduate level may be requested of applicants for whom English is not a primary language. The TOEFL is the customary instrument used in this assessment. Applicants should have familiarity with basic statistics, spreadsheet, and database programs.

    Application Requirements

    • Sealed official transcripts from each college and university attended
    • A completed application form and application fee of $55 (refundable for SU alumni)
    • Two completed recommendation forms from current or former supervisors
    • A current resume
    • A letter of intent (one to two pages) summarizing your interest in the MPA program and discussing ways in which the MPA will assist you in reaching your career and educational goals
    Access admission materials and online application HERE 

    Tuition and Costs

    MPA program tuition for the 2015-2016 academic year is $674 per credit hour (subject to change by the Seattle University Board of Trustees). The MPA degree is a 54-credit program, so the total cost for tuition is $36,396. 

    For financial aid information please contact the Financial Aid office.


    The Collins Scholarship is a need-based scholarship awarded to new MPA students in their first academic year. Newly admitted MPA students are eligible to apply in their first quarter; recipients may receive up to $5,000 toward the MPA degree. Access the Winter 2016 application.  

    The Excellence in Public Service Scholarship recognizes students with outstanding commitment to public service, who are currently working in public or nonprofit organizations. Newly admitted MPA students are eligible to apply in their first quarter; recipients receive $3,000 in their first academic year. Access the 2015-2016 application

    More Information

    Please see Graduate Admissions for more detailed information on admissions. Applications can be submitted online to the Admissions Office.  

  • Application Deadlines

    Fall: July 20
    Winter: October 20
    Spring: February 20 
    Summer: May 20

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