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Executive MPA Application Requirements

Application timelines:

February 1-August 31: Priority consideration for admission
September 1-November 30: Offers of admission will depend on the size of the cohort.

The next cohort of the Executive MPA Program will begin January 8, 2020. We will begin accepting applications after February 1st. If you plan to apply for financial aid, we recommend you apply to the Executive MPA Program as soon as possible. The earlier you apply to the Executive MPA Program, the sooner your application will be considered by the admissions committee. Please note: applying for financial aid is a separate application process; refer to Cost for more information.

Applicants must fulfill both the requirements of the Division of Graduate Education and the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions:

  • Degree Requirements: Potential applicants who hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution are eligible to apply to the program.
  • GPA requirement: Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = “A”) in the last 60 hours of a student’s first bachelor’s degree program; a minimum of 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = “A”) in an applicable master’s degree.
  • Professional Experience: Applicants will be expected to have a minimum of 5-7 years of progressive leadership experience.

Applicants are required to submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. letters of recommendation
  3. official transcripts
  4. resume
  5. proof of English proficiency - Applicants whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.
  6. personal statement - The personal statement must be 300 words or less and should include what experiences and qualities the applicant would bring to the Executive MPA program. Applicants must also discuss their career objectives and how they plan to leverage the Executive MPA to help achieve those objectives. In addition, applicants may also provide any supplementary information that would strengthen the personal statement.

International Applicants

The application standards for international students are the same as for domestic students, with the exception of submitting proof of English proficiency (for students whose native language is not English).

All international transcripts must be submitted in the original language accompanied by an official English translation. Translations must be literal, complete versions of the originals and must be translated by a university, government official or official translation service. You may not complete your own translation. Photocopies and notarized transcripts are NOT acceptable.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Application Process

Please visit the ASU Graduate Application FAQ Page.