MPA Admissions Requirements
The admissions committee bases acceptance into the MPA program on a rigorous evaluation of each student's application material. The committee focuses its evaluation on two broad areas: 1) ability to succeed in the program, and 2) commitment to public service.
Begin by starting the online application. Most things are submitted online within that system. Instructions are available within each section. The following list is supplied to help in your planning.
All applications and letters of recommendation must be submitted online. Most schools send transcripts electronically, but if necessary transcripts can be mailed to:
Office of Graduate Studies
In the last several years application to the Marriott School MPA Program has ranged between about 110 and 170 applications. Currently there are about forty available slots.
The MPA program has no preferred undergraduate majors and no required prerequisite course work. However, recommended prerequisites include the following undergraduate courses: economics, statistics, and accounting. Students must also be comfortable with the basic tasks and functions in Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.
Candidates are rarely accepted with undergraduate GPAs below 3.0. We consider an applicant's cumulative GPA from their undergraduate experience. International GPAs will be calculated by a credential-evaluation service that is described in detail here. You may want to see our class profile statistics.
Work experience is not required for admission, however it can be helpful. The admissions committee wants to see that students have a demonstrated interest in the public sector. Students should have explored this field enough to be sure they really want to focus a career in the government or nonprofit sector. Experience can be in internships, projects, or work..
The Romney Institute Admissions Committee requires the results of an entrance exam with every application. We accept the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), and the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). LSAT scores are only accepted for students applying for the joint MPA/JD at the J. Reuben Clark Law School. The majority of our students take the GRE. Typical test scores are as follows:
If an applicant takes an exam more than once, only the top score is taken into consideration. Exam scores are valid for five years after the testing date.
Statement of Intent
This letter, written by the applicant, should indicate the individual's preparation to participate in the MPA program. It should address any work experience the applicant may have and the extent to which an MPA degree will be consistent with his or her career aspirations. This letter should typically be no more than two typewritten pages. If there are any mitigating circumstances that should be brought to the attention of the admission committee, they should be addressed in this letter.
Letters of Recommendation
Three letters of recommendation are required. Individuals who are personally acquainted with the applicant and can address the applicant's undergraduate performance, professional experience, or qualifications should be asked to provide the recommendation. Applicants should choose those who know them best and have worked with them most recently. Ask those who can talk specifically about skills and abilities to write the letters. It is suggested choosing former professors or employers, or others who are well-acquainted with the applicant. It is suggested to not ask bishops, parents, and mission presidents to write letters.
The letters must be submitted online.
In line with the global emphasis of the Marriott School, the MPA program encourages international students to apply. International applications, including entrance exam (GRE, GMAT, or LSAT) and English language scores, are due by 15 January. International students have a mandatory new student orientation the second week of August. Please also see the university's International Student Application Instructions.
English Language Exam
International applicants are required to demonstrate an acceptable level of proficiency in the English language to satisfy the university’s requirements for admission to graduate study.
All applicants whose native language is not English, and who have not received a bachelor's degree (or higher) from an educational institution in the United States are required to submit official IELTS or TOEFL scores in order to be considered for admission.
University score requirements are detailed here.
Ecclesiastical Endorsement and Honor Code Commitment
To ensure that all applicants, both members and nonmembers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, are fully informed and committed to the standards established for all BYU students, the Ecclesiastical Endorsement and Honor Code Commitment forms are required. The Ecclesiastical Endorsement should be done during a personal interview accomplished according to the instructions provided on the form. The ecclesiastical leader who conducts this interview should forward the completed form to the Graduate Studies office. Applicants should read and sign the Honor Code Commitment.
Admission decisions will be communicated to students by 1 April. A new cohort of students is admitted each fall. The required new student orientation is held the week before classes begin in the fall.
Students interested in transferring should contact Catherine cooper (email@example.com). University policy allows up to 14 transfer credits from an accredited approved school. Courses must have a grade of "B" or better and be approved by BYU MPA faculty. Students exploring this option may email course syllabi and course descriptions. The Romney Institute will review the material and let applicants know whether or not courses will qualify for transfer credit.