What are the admissions standards?

Successful applicants to the accelerated MPP program will be of junior standing and have a strong cumulative GPA. Admission into the MPP program will be contingent on maintaining a high GPA during the senior year. Applicants to the program are expected to demonstrate a strong commitment to public service through internships, research, employment or volunteer experiences with policy-oriented organizations. For Five College students applying, there is no GRE requirement. Likewise, international students currently enrolled at any of the Five Colleges will not be required to submit TOEFL scores with their application.

Successful applicants to the MPPA program must have the equivalent of an American bachelor’s degree. The GRE general test scores are required, and students on average score around 600 on both the verbal and quantitative sections of the test. The average GPA in undergraduate course work is 3.4. The admissions committee also considers relevant work and community experience, career goals, the personal statement and letters of recommendation, especially those from former professors. International students whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and have the results submitted directly to the university.