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Getting Started

1. Complete a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university

2. Complete an application for admission here.

3. Submit official transcripts to The Graduate School at WKU

4. Complete the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)


MPA Admission Requirements

- A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university;

- GRE Scores must be on file with the Graduate School, see The Graduate School for GAP score requirements;

-It is highly recommended that all applicants for the MPA program submit:

- A current resume and a current job description, if employed;

- Three letters of recommendation including at least one academic reference;

- A written statement of approximately 1,000 words addressing how an MPA degree will enhance your career expectations.

-Please submit the aforementioned materials to the MPA Program Director.

International Students: Evidence of ability to communicate in English (a minimum of 500 on the written TOEFL, a minimum of 213 on the computerized TOEFL, a minimum of 79 on the internet TOEFL, or a minimum of 6.5 on the IELTS).


Application Deadlines:

Fall Semester: June 15

Spring Semester: November 15

Summer Sessions: March 30

Winter Term: November 1


Financial Aid

Graduate assistantships, as well as other forms of financial aid, are available to qualified applicants. Graduate assistants are required to work approximately 20 hours per week in the department during the academic semester. In this position, graduate students may assist department staff and faculty members in research, teaching, and service functions. Students interested in being an assistant are encouraged to contact the Director of the MPA Program.


WKU Important Links:

Letter from the Director

The Graduate School

Current Graduate Catalog

Student Financial Assistance

Graduate Record Exam

Tuition & Fee Schedules- Previous Years

Current Tuition Rates

Examples of Internship Placement Sites


MPA Handbook:

Click here for a PDF version of the MPA Handbook


MPA Newsletter:

Fall 2017 MPA Program Newsletter

Winter 2017 MPA Program Newsletter

Summer 2016 MPA Program Newsletter

Winter 2016 MPA Program Newsletter

Summer 2015 MPA Program Newsletter

Winter 2015 MPA Program Newsletter

Summer 2014 MPA Program Newsletter

Winter 2014 MPA Program Newsletter

Summer 2013 MPA Program Newsletter



MPA Alumni:

2015 Alumni Survey Results

2013 Alumni Survey Results

2015 List of Respondents' Job Titles and Employers

2013 List of Respondents' Job Titles and Employers

Graduation Rates



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