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Admission Requirements

Master of Public Administration

Eligibility to apply to the MPA requires a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university (see the Graduate Admissions section in this catalog for further details) and evidence of potential to succeed at graduate study. No more than twelve graduate credits earned in non-degree status at The College at Brockport prior to a graduate student’s official matriculation date may be applied toward the degree program. Therefore, individuals are encouraged to apply for admission to the MPA program as soon as possible. 

To apply for admission to the MPA, an applicant must submit the following as part of the self-managed application:

  1. the Application for Graduate Admission, including the Statement of Objectives;
  2. official transcripts of undergraduate and prior graduate work (except for transcripts from The College at Brockport);
  3. two letters of recommendation from persons in a position to assess the applicant’s potential for significant academic or administrative achievements (e.g., professors, supervisors, business colleagues); and
  4. résumé;
  5. test scores on the GRE General Exam must be submitted with the application if any of the following conditions apply:
    • applicant has less than an overall cumulative average of 3.0 in undergraduate study from the college or university granting applicant’s baccalaureate degree.
    • applicant’s undergraduate transcript shows a pattern of repeated courses with grades below “B.”
    • applicant graduated from an undergraduate institution that does not supply letter grades for 40 percent or more of the courses on the applicant’s transcript.

Note: If the applicant already possesses a master’s degree from an accredited institution, or has completed 30 credits or more of course work at the master’s level from an accredited institution with a graduate cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 for those graduate courses taken, the applicant does not have to take the GRE.

The faculty reserve the right to deny admission even when minimum requirements are met.

  • Applications are welcomed:
    • Three weeks prior to each semester or session (summer/winter);
    • After these dates, applications are reviewed if time permits.

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Combined Degrees

Are you a junior at Brockport? Learn about our combined degree programs, which allow you to earn your Bachelor's and MPA in five years. 

Certificate Programs

The Public Administration Department also offers a Certificate in Arts Administration and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management. Not interested in the full MPA degree? Consider pursuing a graduate certificate in nonprofit management. Or combine your MPA with a Certificate in Arts Administration.

Last Updated 9/18/15


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