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For questions about the admissions requirements to the Master of Public Administration (MPA) please visit our Contact Us webpage. 

Admissions Requirements

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  • Online Application & Deadlines

    Please complete the online application by clicking here.


    Application Deadlines
    Intended Starting Semester Deadline
    Fall May 15
    Spring Oct 15
    Summer Feb 15


    Fall Priority Deadline: Full applications received by Feb 1 will receive an admissions decision by Mar 1 and will have priority considerations for tuition waivers.

  • Application Fee

    An $85.00 non-refundable application fee is paid online upon submission of the application.

  • Statement of Purpose

    The statement of purpose is the most important element of your application packet. This letter needs to reflect who you are, your goals and why you would be an asset to the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program. 

    It is very important to ensure it is grammatically correct and as detailed as possible. The statement of purpose should be no more than two pages in length. Please review what you have written before you submit it.

  • Bachelor's Degree

    A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.

  • Official Transcripts

    You must provide official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended. Official transcripts in languages other than English must also be submitted with a certified English translation.

  • Grade Point Average (GPA)

    A minimum overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required.

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Score

    The GRE is preferred but not required. 

  • Letters of Recommendation

    Two letters of recommendation must be provided, the letters must be from either a former faculty member/instructor or a workplace supervisor. These letters should be submitted in English, or they should be accompanied with a certified English translation.

Document Submission

All documents being sent via a special courier service (UPS, FedEx, etc.) should be sent to the following address:

University of Miami 
Master of Public Administration
Attn: Cathy Wheeling
1300 Campo Sano Avenue
Suite 215
Coral Gables, FL 33146