The Shalala Student Center on the University of Miami Coral Gables campus. The Shalala Student Center on the University of Miami Coral Gables campus.
In cooperation with the College of Arts and Science, the Political Science Department will review all applicant files and make the decisions on those files. For information on the status of your application, please email the program director at

Admissions Requirements

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  • Online Application

    Please complete the online application by clicking here.

  • 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

    A combined (verbal and quantitative) minimum score of 297.

  • Letters of Recommendation + Letter of Recommendation Form

    Two letters of recommendation must be provided. A Letter of Recommendation Form must be submitted with each letter. 

    The letters of recommendation should be from academic or professional sources. 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:

ATTN: Dr. Jonathan P. West, MPA Director
Department of Political Science
University of Miami
P.O. Box 248047
Coral Gables, FL 33124