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MPA Application Process

School of Politics, Public Affairs & International Studies

Applications to the program are accepted for consideration throughout the year.

Applications for Academic Year Graduate Assistantships will be accepted until March 1st.


Minimum Application Requirements

1. Submit the Application and Pay the $50.00 Application Fee.

2. Send all official transcripts (undergraduate and post-graduate) to the University of Wyoming Admissions Office. If you are a UW graduate, this requirement is waived. A minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required.

3. Take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). The MPA Admissions Committee sets the program standard at minimum percentiles. A 60th percentile on the Verbal portion and a 40th percentile on the Quantitative portion of the exam are expected of our applicants. The institutional reporting code for the University of Wyoming is 4855.

*MPA/JD applicants are allowed to substitute their LSAT score in place of the GRE.

*Applicants with 5 or more years of administrative experience may apply for a GRE waiver by sending a formal waiver request letter to Dr. Robert Schuhmann (, MPA Program Director, attaching a resume or CV.

*Applicants with a graduate degree from an accredited institution may apply for a GRE waiver by sending a formal waiver request letter to Dr. Robert Schuhmann (, MPA Program Director, attaching an unofficial copy of all university/college-level transcripts and a copy of a resume or CV.

4. Submit 2 letters of recommendation from individuals knowledgeable about your preparation and qualifications for graduate education. E-mail addresses of your recommenders will be provided during your online application process.

5. Letter of Interest (2000 words or less) - Answer: Why do you wish to pursue a graduate degree in Public Administration?

6. Analytical Writing Response (2000 words or less) - Respond: For some time, police officers on three adjacent beats have met each other for a coffee break at a restaurant near a point where the three beats intersect. They usually have coffee and a donut and occasionally a piece of pie. The proprietor never charges the officers for their orders. Some people think this practice is acceptable; others think police officers should pay like any other customer of the restaurant. What is your view of the situation?

Optional Application Requirements

1.Graduate Assistant Application. Assistantships cover tuition, fees, and student medical insurance, as well as a monthly stipend for students who work within teaching and research areas within the department. The GA positions are awarded on a competitive basis and require full-time presence in Laramie for the academic year. If interested, please submit your application to the School of Politics, Public Affairs & International Studies. The deadline for applications is March 1st for positions starting the following fall semester.

Additional International Student Requirements

1. Confidential Financial Aid Statement delivered to UW Admissions office.

2. Official English Proficiency Test Results. TOEFL minimum = 76, IELTS = 6.5. TOEFL information can be found on the ETS website. UW's institutional reporting code is 4855.

Application Decisions

Once all materials have been received, your application is complete. After an evaluation of all credentials by the MPA admissions committee, the director will send a recommendation to the Graduate School to admit or deny.

Contact Us

MPA Program | School of Politics, Public Affairs & International Studies

Dept. 3197

1000 E University Ave

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-6484


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