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MPA Application Process

Minimum Application Requirements


Note that GRE/GMAT scores are not required to apply.


  1. Submit the Application and pay the $50.00 application fee.
  2. Upload all official transcripts (undergraduate and post-graduate). If you are a UW graduate, please upload your unofficial transcript. A minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required.
  3. Upload your resume.
  4. Upload your Letter of Interest (2000 words or less)
    1. Respond to: Why do you wish to pursue a graduate degree in Public Administration?
  5. Upload your Analytical Writing Response (2000 words or less)
    1. Respond to: 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?
  6. Provide 2 recommendations from individuals knowledgeable about your preparation and qualifications for graduate education (the email addresses of your recommenders will be requested during your online application process.)

Optional Application Requirements

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.


There is no deadline for applying to our Masters of Public Administration program. The MPA program accepts applications until 2 weeks prior to the semester you are applying for.

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

Masters of Public Administration Program

Department 3197 | A&S 208

1000 E. University Avenue

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307)-766-6484


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