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Admission Requirements & Criteria

Admission Requirements and Criteria | SUBR Graduate School

All applications for admission must be submitted and processed per the Graduate School's requirements and deadlines. To be considered for admission into the MPA program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Complete an application to SUBR Graduate School
  2. Granted admission to SUBR Graduate School; 
  3. Have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning; 
  4. Have a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.70, preferably a 3.00, for regular admission; 
  5. Submit a resume or curriculum vitae with references.
  6. Application reviewed and granted admission by the MPA Admissions Committee

Admission Categories

No applicant will be considered for admission in the regular, provisional or conditional category if the file is missing a complete undergraduate transcript (showing all classes taken and grades earned, the date and degree earned an overall GPA) and resume/cv with references. If any undergraduate class deficiencies are noted, those deficiencies must be cleared before taking of the classes associated with those deficiencies.


  1. Provisional Admission: An applicant who has applied for admission to the Graduate School and who meets minimum GPA requirements for general admission, but whose credentials were not completed by the admissions deadline, may be admitted provisionally, for one semester, upon recommendation of the department to which they have applied. 
  2. Conditional Admission: Any applicant who does not meet the GPA and/or GRE requirement may be admitted conditionally. Conditional status may be granted for a maximum of one academic year. All students admitted under conditional status must maintain a 3.00 or higher GPA during the probationary period. After the conditional period, a decision will be made as to accepting the student as regular admission. To gain regular admission, a conditionally admitted student must clear any deficiencies noted and maintain a 3.00 GPA in all graduate coursework. 
  3. Non-Degree Admission: Students may also pursue coursework as non-degree applicants. Students in this category are required to submit an official transcript and a completed admission application (with appropriate fees) to the Graduate School. Admission to non-degree status does not guarantee admission to a regular degree program. A maximum of 12 hours may be applied to a graduate degree program upon admission, if and only if these classes meet the requirements of the Graduate School and the Department.


Admission Requirements and Criteria | MPA

The Graduate School requires a minimum of 2.7 GPA to be admitted, and the Master of Public Administration requires the following to be admitted:

  • Apply to the Graduate School
  • Provide an official transcript
  • A minimal grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0-point scale
  • Resume / Curriculum vitae with references
  • Review and admission by MPA Admissions Committee

Regular Admission:

  • Regular admission is reserved for those who meet all the requirements.

Provisional Admission:

  • Provisional admission is for those with an incomplete application package, but meet the minimum qualification

Conditional Admission:

  • Conditional admission is for those who do not meet the minimum 2.7 thresholds but provide evidence of academic maturity.