MPA Application Instructions
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.
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 email@example.com.
- February 1 for full consideration for graduate assistantships
- March 1 for international applicants
- May 15 for domestic applicants
- 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)
- Taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of (a) 600 for the paper-based test or (b) 250 for the computer-based test or (c) 100 for the internet-based test; or
- Taking the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.5 on the listening, reading, and writing sections and a 7.0 on the speaking section; or
- Taking the Duolingo test with a minimum total score of 100; or
- Being a citizen of a country where English is an official language and the language of instruction in higher education; or
- Having successfully completed at least one year of full-time study in a degree program at a regionally accredited four-year U.S. college or university.