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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.  

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 MPA Recommendation Forms 
  • 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 2018-2019 academic year is $720 per credit hour (subject to change by the Seattle University Board of Trustees). The MPA degree is a 57-credit program, so the total cost for tuition is $41,040

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 Collins Scholarship application.

The Excellence in Public Service Scholarship recognizes students with outstanding commitment to public service. Recipients are working in public or nonprofit organizations and are ready to take the next step to advance their career with an MPA degree. Access the Excellence in Public Service 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