MPP Admissions


For Fall admission, applicants to the MPP program seeking financial aid should submit their application by April 1. International applicants should submit their application for admission by June 1.  The final application deadline for Fall is July 1.

For Spring admission, applicants should submit their application by December 1. International applicants should submit their application for Spring admission by September 15.

If any of these deadlines fall on a Saturday or Sunday, applications will be due no later than 5pm, Arizona time, on the Monday following the due date. Please contact Diane Darling at if you have further questions on these deadlines. 


Because admission standards are high, applicants to the MPP program must display impressive credentials. Minimum requirements include a 3.0 grade point average in undergraduate coursework, with particular emphasis placed on upper-level undergraduate and prior graduate-level academic performance.

Degree candidates need not have significant prior experience in public policy. 

Students admitted to the Master of Public Policy program are typically those whose academic and/or professional records indicate clear promise of success in the study and application of quantitative analysis. This can be expressed through at least one of the following means:

·         the successful completion of an undergraduate or graduate course in statistics, quantitative analysis, calculus, or a related higher level mathematics course (typically this means a grade of B or higher)

·         strong quantitative GRE scores

·         extensive use of data, math, statistics, or quantitative analysis in an employment setting

·         if you feel that you have evidence of quantitative abilities that should be considered, but is not listed above, please contact the program directly.

If you cannot provide evidence that meets this requirement, you are encouraged to apply to the University of Arizona Graduate College as a non-degree seeking student to take one of the courses listed below. Earning at least a B in one or more of these classes indicates that you have the quantitative skills necessary to enter the program. Please note that any of the below courses taken as a non-degree seeking student will count toward your Master of Public Policy curriculum (maximum of 12 units). Please also note that you will need to separately apply to the Master of Public Policy program in GradApp, and that receipt of a B in one of the below courses does not guarantee admission.

PA 515: State & Local Government Finance

PA 552: Statistical Decision Making (may only be enrolled if there is room in the course the week prior to classes beginning)

PA 553: Quantitative Policy Analysis I

PA 554: Quantitative Policy Analysis II

PA 555: Statistical Methods for Policy Analysis II

Because ethnic, national, and gender diversity enriches the program of study for all students, the School of Government and Policy encourages minority group members to apply for professional graduate study. The School has had the opportunity to award minority fellowships in the past and will continue to compete for these fellowships in the years to come. Financial aid packages in the form of scholarships, assistantships, and a pre-graduate school summer program are available for qualified minority students.

Application Materials

The following materials are required for admission to the MPP program:

  • Online Application for admission to the Graduate College.
  • Unofficial transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work. Unofficial transcripts are required as part of the admissions process. Official transcripts are only required for applicants who are offered admission. Do not mail official transcripts until offered admission. Please note that if you are admitted, all official transcripts must be received by the Graduate College within 30 days after the first day of classes. Please keep in mind that a minimum 3.0 GPA is required for acceptance to the University of Arizona Graduate College. 
  • Statement of Purpose is required, including information about experiences and career objectives. For more information, please see the online application. 
  • Resume describing relevant experience, responsibilities and achievements.
  • Two letters of recommendation from persons able to provide verification and a specific assessment of your professional and/or academic performance and capabilities, one of which should be an academic letter of recommendation. You will input your recommenders' information into the online application, and the application will reach out to them directly with instructions on how to submit the letters. 
  • Evidence of quantitative analysis capability, per bullet points above. 
  • Please note: the MPP program does not require the GRE for consideration for admission to our program. If you have already taken the test, please feel free to submit your scores, but these are by no means required. We do not recommend taking the GRE for the sole purpose of entrance to our program.

If admitted, official transcripts should be sent to:

Graduate College
The University of Arizona
Administration Building, Room 322
PO Box 210066
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0066

Foreign Applicants and Non-U.S. Citizens

In addition to admissions materials listed above, international students must demonstrate English proficiency as a condition for admission. Scores must be submitted for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), with an iBT internet-based score of 79 or paper score of 550. We also accept the IELTS Exam with a score between 7.0-7.5. Also a funding guarantee form is required with evidence that sufficient funds ($42,872) are available for financing the student's academic program also must be submitted. For further information on International admissions see:

For further information regarding other financial support, contact:

Financial Aid Office
Administration Building, Room 203
The University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0066
(520) 621-1858

For specific MPP admissions information, contact:

Diane Darling
MPA/MPP Graduate Program Manager
School of Government and Public Policy