Applications are welcomed throughout the year on a space available basis. Individuals wishing to apply for main campus graduate assistantships should apply by March 12 for priority admission and assistantship consideration.

We encourage individuals to apply online, but welcome the receipt of applications through the mail as well. Any questions may be directed to the Master of Public Administration program, mpa@cmich.e​du.

All Students who apply for the MPA program must provide:

  • ​A completed application form and any applicable fees to the Colle​ge of Graduate Studie​s.
  • Official transcripts showing all previous college and/or university course work completed from both graduate and undergraduate levels.
  • Three letters of recommendation from former professors or public service professionals who can speak to your abilities and aptitudes.
  • Current resume/vita.
  • Two-three page essay discussing your prior educational and work experience and how an MPA degree will enhance your future plans.

Admission Requirements:

  • Completion of an undergraduate degree with a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher from an accredited institution. 
  • Completion of a statistics, economics or research methods course.

The Process:

Once you have completed your admissions application, submitted your essay, and the college has received your transcripts and letters of recommendation your application will be submitted to the Political Science and Public Administration Department for review. A committee of Public Administration faculty and the MPA Program Director will review your application and make a recommendation for admission or denial of your application.

Contact Information

Dr. Thomas Greitens
MPA Director
Office: Anspach 246
Phone: 989-774-3862
Fax: 989-774-1136

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