Master of Public Administration
(Not accepting new applicants at this time)
The master of public administration (M.P.A.) is a professional degree for those pursuing administrative careers in government and nonprofit organizations. The program serves part-time and mid-career, as well as full-time students.
Applicants to the M.P.A. program must satisfy the following requirements:
- An undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 calculated on a 4.0 basis;
- Scores from the GRE. A combined score of 1,000 (if taken before August 2011) or 300 (if taken in August 2011 or later) on the verbal and quantitative portions of the GRE is preferred, and the examination must have been taken in the past two years. With permission, the applicant may substitute scores for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) or the Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT);
- Three or four letters of recommendation, which must be academically or employment related. These should be from individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic abilities and professional goals. Applicants who obtained their undergraduate degrees in the last five years must submit at least two academic letters; and
- A thoughtfully drafted statement of purpose.
Early Admission to M.A. in Political Science and Master of Public Administration Programs
The Early Admission option allows advanced undergraduates with a major or minor in political science or public administration to enroll for graduate level credit in up to 9 hours of 4/5000 level classes. Students accepted in the Early Admission option receive both graduate and undergraduate credit for these classes; undergraduate instructional fees will apply to these three courses.
To be eligible for the Early Admission program, students must:
- have a major or minor in political science or public administration,
- be within one year of graduation,
- have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher, and
- submit an application no earlier than three semesters prior to expected completion of the B.A. program.
To apply for the Early Admission program, students should complete an Application for Early Admission (available from the Department of Political Science and Public Administration), submit three letters of recommendation (from an undergraduate advisor and two undergraduate course instructors), a one page biographical sketch, and a regular graduate application form to:
Chair of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration
The University of Toledo
Toledo, OH 43606
Students accepted into this option will initially be granted provisional graduate admission to allow them to enroll in 5000-level courses in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration. To receive dual (undergraduate and graduate credit), the following conditions apply:
- Courses must be taken at The University of Toledo after acceptance into the Early Admission option
- Only 5000-level courses in Political Science and Public Administration may be included
- Must complete all graduate level requirements in the course and be evaluated by the same criteria as graduate students
- Must complete graduate plan of study indicating courses that will receive graduate and undergraduate credit