Application Info

Applying to the BYU MPA Program

The BYU MPA program admits a new cohort of students each fall. Admissions are based on a rigorous evaluation of application material. The committee focuses its evaluation on two broad areas: ability to succeed in the program and commitment to public service.

Visit BYU’s Graduate Studies for specific information about the application requirements and process or to submit an application.

The application deadline is 15 January for the full-time MPA program and 1 May for the Executive MPA program. Admission decisions are communicated no later than the end of March for the full-time MPA program and the end of June for the Executive MPA program.

Application Details

  • Candidates for the full-time MPA program are required to take either the GRE or the GMAT, though the GRE is preferred. Students applying for the joint degree with the BYU Law School may take the LSAT. Graduate test scores (e.g., GRE, GMAT, TOEFL) are sent directly from the testing service to BYU (the general university code for BYU is 4019). If you have taken the test before the application deadline, the score will be received before the admission committee meetings.
  • If your application is missing something, we will try to contact you. Contact the MPA Admissions Office at (801) 422-4221 or with questions about the program, or contact BYU’s Graduate Studies Office with questions about the application.
  • The MPA program has no preferred undergraduate majors and no required prerequisite course work. However, recommended preparatory training includes undergraduate courses in economics, statistics, and accounting. Students must also be comfortable with basic tasks and functions in Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.
  • Candidates are rarely accepted with undergraduate GPAs below 3.0.
  • 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
    Brigham Young University
    105 FPH
    Provo, UT 84602
  • The three letters of recommendation should be written by people you are professionally acquainted with who can address your ability to succeed in graduate school. The letters are submitted through the online application process. Simply enter the desired recommender’s name and email address. The recommender will receive a request and can submit the letters directly into the application system. Letters must be current. This means that you may not submit the same letter upon reapplication.
  • Your statement of intent should indicate your preparation to participate in the MPA program. It should address any work experience you have and the extent to which an MPA degree will be consistent with your career aspirations. This document should typically be no more than two 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.
  • Include a current résumé. Although work experience is not required for admission to the full-time program, it can help an applicant be more competitive in the admissions process.
  • In the unlikely event that slots become available, late applications are considered.