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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.  

Entrance exams are typically not required unless the applicant's undergraduate degree is from a non-graded institution. 

Application Requirements

  • A completed online application and $55 application fee (waived for SU alumni)
  • Official transcripts from the last two years of the bachelor's degree and any post-baccalaureate coursework
  • Two completed MPA Recommendation Forms (applicant sends the form to their recommenders via the online application)
  • 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
  • Students who earned undergraduate degrees from institutions issuing non-graded transcripts must submit official GRE results
  • Please note that there are additional requirements for international students, as well as readmission and non-degree seeking students

Tuition and Costs

  • MPA tuition for the 2020-2021 academic year is $750 per credit and is subject to change annually by the Seattle University Board of Trustees.
  • The MPA is a 57-credit program, so the total cost for the degree based on the 2020-2021 tuition is $42,750. 
  • For complete financial aid information please contact the office of Student Financial Services.


All newly admitted MPA students are eligible to apply for the MPA Departmental Scholarship and/or AmeriCorps Alumni Scholarship. Financial need is strongly considered when selecting recipients and the amount of their award. Learn more about scholarships.

Application Deadlines

Fall: July 20
Winter: October 20
Spring: February 20 - Now Extended to Friday, March 5th!
Summer: May 20