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Application and Admission

Admission Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the minimum admission requirements for the Boise State Graduate College. Admission is competitive and the achievement of minimum Graduate College and PPA requirements does not guarantee admission into the program. Applicants are required to have a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and must comply with the following application procedures.

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Application Procedures

Interested students should contact the MPA Director to discuss the admission process, career interests, and reasons for entering the Graduate Program. To apply, applicants must submit all application materials to the Graduate College (including program specific application material, via the right-hand navigation links within the Hobson’s ApplyYourself online application system) by January 15 to be considered for acceptance in the Summer/Fall, and by October 1 for the following Spring term. Admission decisions are made shortly after these deadlines, but applications are accepted at any time per Graduate College guidelines. Admission to the Masters in Public Administration program is competitive and requires:

  • Apply to the Graduate College, with the requisite transcripts and test scores as applicable, and satisfy the minimum admissions requirements of the Graduate College. International applicants must satisfy the international admissions requirements.
  • Three letters of reference
  • A personal statement of at least 500 words explaining the applicant’s career goals and reasons for pursuing the MPA
  • Applicant resume
  • GRE scores are required of all applicants, however, the GRE or equivalent test requirement may be waived for applicants who have an overall grade point average of at least 3.20 in undergraduate course work OR who have at least a masters-level degree from a regional accredited university.


GRE Scores or Equivalents

Applicants who earned less than an aggregate 3.20 in undergraduate coursework must submit Graduate Record Exam scores (or a comparable admission-relevant test such as the GMAT or LSAT). Generally, for applicants who must submit GRE scores, the admission committee looks for a minimum combined verbal and quantitative score of 300 (1,000 for older scoring system) on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). International students must submit a TOEFL score of 587 or higher for the written exam and 240 or higher for the computer-based examination or an IELTS score of at least 6.5. Please contact the International Admissions Office for further information on English Proficiency test requirements.

Admission Process

After the admission deadline for a given term, the program’s admission committee will evaluate all complete applications. That committee will forward its recommendation to the Dean of the Graduate College. The graduate dean will make the final admission decision and notify the applicant and the program Director.

All application and admission material must be received by January 15 for Summer/Fall admission and by October 1 for Spring admission.