MPA Program Admissions Criteria

To be admitted to the MPA program an applicant must be admitted to the ASU Graduate School and must also meet the following conditions, established by the program for regular, provisional, and non-degree admission.

Regular Admission

  1. Hold an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution with an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better.
  2. A minimum score of 44 on the Miller Analogies Test(MAT) or 800 on the Aptitude test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  3. A written statement of career goals.

Provisional Admission

  1. An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with an   undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.5 or better
  2. A score on the MAT of no less than 377 (27); a score on the aptitude Test of the GRE of no less than 700.
  3. A written statement of career goals.

A student who is admitted provisionally to the MPA program must complete the first nine hours of graduate coursework successfully with a grade of B or better in order to be admitted to regular status.To that end, the student must take no more than two courses or six credit hours each semester until the first nine hours of graduate course work have been completed successfully by earning a grade of B or better in each course. After successfully completing the  nine hours of course work, the student's status will be changed from provisional to regular. Otherwise the student’s enrollment in the program will be terminated. Individual programs of study may have higher provisional admission standards.

Non-Degree Admission

The MPA program only accepts non-degree admissions for qualified applicants who already hold a masters degree who may be interested in taking MPA courses for their personal enrichment. No student will be allowed to take more than nine (9) hours in a non-degree status.