MPA Application Instructions

Admission Process for Spring 2022
GRE or other standardized test scores are no longer required for applications to the MPA program. Admission to the MPA program is competitive. In addition to demonstrating a commitment to public service, the most competitive applicants will have a strong undergraduate GPA with course work and other experiences indicating strong analytic skills.

Admission Process for Fall 2022 Onward
Fall 2022 application submission is currently paused while the Department of Public Administration updates admission requirements for the MPA program. The application portal will be available on October 15, 2021, and students can check these page for the updated admission requirements. If you have any questions, please reach out to Meggie Romick at

Application Deadlines
(including all required supporting documents)

Fall Admission 
  • February 1 for full consideration for graduate assistantships 
  • March 1 for international applicants
  • May 15 for domestic applicants

Spring Admission

  • July 15 for international applicants
  • November 1 for domestic applicants

Applicants should submit the following items through the online application system at NC State Graduate School Online Application to apply to the Masters of Public Administration program:

  • The Graduate School application and application fee
  • A personal statement (one-page summary of career goals and the ways the MPA will help achieve them)
  • A resume
  • Three letters of reference (at least one academic reference is suggested but not required)
  • One copy of transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate college work
  • International applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English at a level necessary to be successful in a graduate program at NC State. This requirement can be met by

Note:  The TOEFL or IELTS test date must be no more than two years old (24 months) prior to the beginning of the requested entry term.