• Master of Public Administration Admission Requirements

    Take the next step and start your application to Hamline's MPA program.

    Priority Application Deadlines

    Applications are processed on a rolling basis, but applications submitted after the deadlines below are reviewed if enough time exists for review before orientation and space permits.

    December 1: Winter/spring semester
    August 1: Fall semester

    International students are strongly encouraged to submit all application materials at least two months prior to the priority application deadlines.

    Application Process for Master of Public Administration

    To apply for admission to the Master of Public Administration degree program, please submit the following:

    • Online application (no fee for US residents).
    • A personal statement, up to three pages, answering the following:
      • Why are you choosing to pursue graduate studies at this time in your career, and what are you hoping to accomplish by doing so? 
      • What makes the Hamline public administration degree program you have chosen appealing to you? What strengths do you seek to strengthen; what challenges do you seek to overcome?
      • At Hamline, we believe in the power of teams. Thus, we teach and have students practice teamwork skills throughout the program. Please describe a past team experience–either excellent or difficult–and what you learned from the experience.   
    • A résumé
    • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate work. If your transcripts are in a language other than English, you must submit both the original and an official or a certified course by course English translation. Official transcript of a bachelor's degree must be from a regionally accredited college or university. These should be sent directly from the institution to Graduate Admission or provided in a sealed, signed envelope. Official electronic copies should be emailed to gradprog@hamline.eduThe Hamline University School of Business reserves the right to require applicants to have their academic records evaluated by an academic credential evaluator.
    • Two recommendation forms detailing your qualifications to pursue advanced study written by people unrelated to you who are familiar with your academic and/or professional history. 

    Send remaining materials to:
    Office of Graduate Admission
    Hamline University
    1536 Hewitt Avenue, MS-A1710
    Saint Paul, MN 55104

    International Applicants

    For residents outside of the United States, please view the additional requirements for applying to Hamline University.

    Additional Requirements for International Students


    If you have questions or experience trouble completing the online application, contact Graduate Admission at 651-523-2900 or gradprog@hamline.edu.