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Admission Requirements

Basic Prerequisites

Applicants should possess a master’s degree, ideally in Public Administration or a closely related field. Applicants must also have a minimum of five years of work experience.

Applicants must also submit the following: ƒ

  • A completed application to the program and the current application fee. ƒ
  • Official transcripts of credit for all graduate work leading to an earned master’s degree(s) from regionally-accredited institution(s). The applicant must have a minimum grade point average of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Official transcripts showing an earned bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 2.80.
  • A two-to-four page typewritten statement of purpose defining the applicant’s goals and objectives for study in the DPA Program.
  • Three letters of recommendation from academic and professional sources.
  • Other documents as required by the program’s Department.


For priority consideration, please submit application materials by January 31.

Applicants are evaluated in a two-stage process. In the first stage, applicants are screened based on undergraduate GPA, graduate GPA, Statement of Purpose and letters of recommendation. Applicants advancing to the second stage may be required to schedule a personal interview.

A standardized test score (e.g., GMAT or GRE) may be required, if recommended by the Faculty Admissions Committee. The department considers all of these measures in making a decision on admission. Students accepted into the DPA Program will be asked to make a deposit which can be applied toward tuition by May 31 to confirm their intent to enroll. Students begin their coursework in the Fall Term.

Computer Requirements DPA students must have access to a personal computer with high speed Internet, and have a working knowledge of Internet navigation, e-mail usage, and Microsoft Office. Students will be required to use SPSS, Excel and/or other statistical software in some courses.

E-mail accounts are available at no charge through the University. In addition, university staff members are available to help you evaluate your computer’s capabilities and needs.

Additional Requirements ƒ

  • Doctoral students are subject to university policies governing graduate students as contained in the current La Verne Catalog.
  • American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) membership is recommended for all students. (Students may join at a reduced rate).
  • All students are encouraged to attend at least one academic and/or related professional association conference.

International Student Admission

International students must submit a minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 90 (computer-based score of 230 or paper-based score of 570) if they have not attended school in the United States, or if their previous degree work was done at institutions where English was not the language of instruction and the geographic region.

International students must also submit a University of La Verne Confidential Financial Statement to verify financial support. International students may be required to complete other requirements established by the Department of Public and Health Administration on an individual basis as necessary.

Grading Policy

The dissertation and the dissertation units are graded Credit/No Credit. All other courses are given letter grades. The University of La Verne requires that graduate students achieve and maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0.