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Admission Process

Applying for Admission

In order to apply for admission to the MPA program, one is required to send to the MPA office:

1. A current resume;

2. A short career plan essay answering the following questions:

  • What does public or community service mean to you?
  • What have you done that shows public or community service is an important part of your life?
  • Why would you like to pursue or further develop a service career in public, non-profit, or health services administration?
3. Three letters of recommendation.

This material is required in order to complete the Internal MPA Supplemental Application. Download Now!

In addition to the Internal MPA Supplemental Application, one must fill out EWU's graduate application form. For faster processing of one's graduate application form, the graduate department requests prospective students to use the online submission form. One may apply online for graduate admission through EagleNET, Eastern Washington University's student services web site using the button below. 

The EWU Graduate Studies Office collects a $50 application fee. No additional fee is charged for application to the MPA program.

     

    Graduate Service Appointment Application (Optional)

    Priority admission deadlines

    Priority consideration for admission will be given to applicants who meet the deadlines below. In order to meet the deadlines, 1) all of the application steps listed in the above paragraph must be completed, and 2) all admission requirements must be satisfied (including background requirements).

    Deadline Dates:

    Fall Quarter: May 1st  
    Winter Quarter: November 1st
    Spring Quarter: February 1st
    Summer Quarter: April 1st

    Admission Requirements

    Based on the standards described below, students are admitted upon the recommendation of the director of PADM. The director's recommendation will be sent to the Dean of Graduate Studies. That dean will then notify the student, in writing, of his/her admission or rejection. Applicants may seek admission on the basis of 1. their bachelor's degree work, 2. completion of another master's degree or 3. their work experience (if they can demonstrate a least 10 years of progressive responsibility in a related profession). Admission procedures and requirements are the same for the MPA degree and the certificate programs.

    Admission Based on Undergraduate Academic Performance

    Students who have completed a bachelor's degree at an appropriately accredited institution may be admitted to the Graduate Program in Public Administration based on the following criteria:

    • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in the last 90 quarter graded credits of post-secondary coursework (or its equivalent as computed by the Graduate Studies Office); or
    • Recommendation of the director based upon a successful appeal by the student. (This appeals process will be utilized only for students who do not have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 3.00.)

    Students seeking to utilize this appeals process must directly request reconsideration by the director. In considering that request the director will consider such information as:

    1. A resume;
    2. Letters of recommendation;
    3. A combined verbal and quantitative score of 1000 and analytical writing score of 3 on the GRE;
    4. A GMAT score of at least 500 and/or
    5. Successful completion of up to 12 credits in PADM courses with a minimum GPA in those courses of at least 3.30.

    (NOTE: GRE/GMAT scores are not required for admission, but can be considered during the appeals process.)

      Admission Based on Another Master's Degree

      A student may also be admitted to PADM with proof of possession of another valid master's degree.

      Admission Based on Work Experience

      Applicants with at least 10 years of increasingly responsible professional experience in public administration may also be offered regular admission. Admission is based on the following:

      1. Evidence of having obtained a bachelor's degree from an appropriately accredited institution.
      2. An essay demonstrating critical thinking skills.
      3. A statement of intent demonstrating a level of knowledge and intellectual maturity appropriate to the proposed field of graduate study.
      4. Evidence of professional success in Public Administration.

      English Language Requirement

      All students from non-English speaking countries must provide evidence of adequate proficiency in the English language before being admitted to the PADM. This requirement may be satisfied by presenting a TOEFL score of 580 (237 CBT) or its equivalent. A student with a TOEFL score of between 550 and 580 may be admitted conditionally. In such cases, registration for classes is conditional upon having a program of English language study approved by the director in consultation with the International Education office.

      Students with TOEFL scores of 525 to 550, (197-213 CBT), may be admitted to the University as post-baccalaureate students. As post-baccalaureate students they may register for classes and demonstrate their ability to do the work required of MPA students. They should be aware of the EWU regulation on "Previous Graduate Credit" which permits no more than 12 pre-admission credits to be counted toward a graduate degree (see the general policies in the front of this catalog). The director of PADM will determine whether they should be granted admission to the program based in part upon their work as post-baccalaureate students.

      The "Test Drive"

      In the test drive applicants will be allowed to take up to 12 quarter credits with permission of the director while completing all admission requirements. The letters of recommendation and career plan summary are not required prior to enrolling in the first 12 credits of classes. It will be necessary to complete the Application for Admission to a graduate program and submit it to the Graduate Studies Office with the appropriate fee. Documentation of completing a bachelor's degree will also be required. The application should be signed by the PADM Director indicating provisional acceptance. In order to be admitted to the program, it is necessary to complete the background requirements (see below); so in addition to the 12 credits in MPA courses in the test drive, students will need to complete any background courses they have not already completed.

      Background Requirements

      All students seeking admission to a program of study in PADM must provide evidence of having attained a minimum level of education in two background subjects:

      • U.S. domestic political institutions This requirement can be met through the CLEP American Government test.
      • Statistical techniques. The Planning and Public Administration department offers Applied Statistics for Public Policy (PLAN 396), a course that fulfills this requirement every fall. Students may also test out of this requirement by successfully completing the online EWU Statistics Skills Assessor.

      Prior to meeting those background requirement expectations, students may be granted provisional admission, but they will not normally be fully admitted until they have them both completed.

      The minimal acceptable grade in any background course is 2.5. For courses taken at an institution using a letter-grade system, a "C" or better is acceptable. Courses taken more than seven years prior to the date of admission to PADM will not normally be accepted. Course credits taken to satisfy background requirements may not be counted toward the MPA degree.

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