Schools & Divisions

School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Graduate Studies

Graduate Admission

Admission to the M.P.A. Program


The prospective student should complete and return an application for admission form available to the following address:

School of Public and Environmental Affairs
3400 Broadway
Indiana University Northwest
Gary, IN 46408

Application Fee

A nonrefundable application fee of $25 is required of all applicants who have not previously attended Indiana University.

Baccalaureate Degree

Certification of a baccalaureate degree is required for entrance into the M.P.A. Program. Although the student may not have completed the undergraduate work at the time of application, a decision will be made on the strength of the student's work at the time of application. However, a final transcript, showing baccalaureate degree must become a part of the permanent record before the student can be formally admitted.

Application References

Students should ask three individuals who are familiar with their activities and potential to fill out an Application Reference Form. These forms will be provided with the application form.


Following notice of admission, an applicant has one calendar year in which to enroll. Supplementary transcripts of any academic work undertaken during that period are required, and the division may request additional letters of recommendation. Should the updated material prove unsatisfactory, the admission may be canceled. If the applicant fails to enroll within one year, a complete new application is required.

Examinations for Admission

For admission to the graduate program, either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is required.

Admission Committee

Each application, with accompanying transcripts and other documents, is considered carefully by the graduate program committee for the appropriate degree. Personal interviews are encouraged where possible. While the applicant's undergraduate scholastic performance is the most significant index of ability to do graduate work, the test scores, recommendations, and the student's statement can weigh heavily in the final decision of the admission committee. The aim is to select those applicants who can successfully complete graduate study and be effective in public affairs.

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