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Admission Requirements

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Thank you for your interest in applying to programs offered by the UWO Department of Public Administration. This section of the website provides all the necessary instructions to successfully complete an application.

Prospective students are accepted throughout the year and may enroll at the beginning of fall, spring or summer semesters. They are not required to submit GRE or GMAT scores, though international applicants must submit TOEFL scores and work through the UWO Office of International Student Services.

Should you have any questions regarding the admissions process, we encourage you to contact us. We are always available to address any questions or concerns you may have about applying to the programs.

Graduate Studies Minimum Admission Requirements 

Admission in full standing to a master's degree program requires the applicant to meet minimum Graduate Studies requirements:
  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • An undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.75 (4.00 scale) or at least 2.90 during the last half (approximately 60 credits) of undergraduate work. (Probationary admission will be considered on an individual basis if an applicant has a 2.25 overall undergraduate grade point average AND a 2.50 undergraduate grade point average for the last half of a baccalaureate program.)
  • Submission of official transcripts of all collegiate work.
  • A completed on-line application and $56 non-refundable application fee.

Additional information 

  • Please visit Graduate Studies' website for more information about admissions.
  • You can also contact the Graduate Studies Office.
  • Graduate Studies Office has now added a checklist to the students' TitanWeb.  This will list all of the items that a student would need in order to have their admission application complete.  On the student's TitanWeb Student Service Center home page it will list the items under their To Do list.  Under details it will state if the items were received or still pending (initiated).  This will allow the students to be able to check on the status of the application process.  Once the admission decision has been made the checklist will be removed from the student's TitanWeb. 

MPA Program Admission Requirements

In addition to the minimum Office of Graduate Studies' requirements (see above), admission to the MPA program requires applicants to submit: 
  • A statement of professional goals and objectives.
  • Letters of reference from three professional and/or academic individuals who are able to assess the likelihood of success in graduate school.
  • A current resume.
  • A two-page paper that has the following topic: "The National Association of Public Administration (NAPA)  has identified four pillars of public  administration-economy, efficiency, effectiveness, and social equity. Please explain why they are all equally critical to the successful practice of public administration today."

Graduate HCM Certificate Admission Requirements

In addition to the minimum Office of Graduate Studies' requirements (see above), admission to the graduate HCM Certificate program requires applicants to submit: 

  • A brief essay of 200-500 words stating why the applicant is seeking admission to the graduate HCM Certificate program.

Admission to Both the MPA and Graduate HCM Certificate Programs

  • If you wish to apply to both the MPA program and the graduate HCM Certificate program, you must submit two separate applications, indicating which program you are applying to. Both types of programs use the same application form.
  • You only pay the application fee of $56 once.
  • If you wish to apply to the MPA program or the graduate HCM Certificate program once you have been admitted to one of those (i.e., at a later point in time), you must submit an application for the specific program you are applying to. You do not need to pay the application fee of $56 again.

Public Administration Department Contact Information

  • It is recommended that all potential applicants contact department chair to discuss their interest in the programs before applying for admission.
  • Dr. Karen King, Chair

     Phone: (290) 424-7306

     Fax: (920) 424-3230

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