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Admission and Program Requirements

At the University of La Verne, we accept applications and admit qualified students throughout the year. To be eligible for acceptance into the Master of Public Administration program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university;
  • a preferred GPA for 3.0 for undergraduate study (minimum required GPA of 2.8), and a GPA of 3.0 for any graduate study. Students may meet the GPA requirement by either the cumulative GPA or the GPA for the last 60 semester units. Applicants with lower GPAs who have substantial public service experience may be considered.
  • a 1-2 page statement of purpose that demonstrates:
    1. the ability to write at an acceptable level for graduate study;
    2. experience and interest in public and/or nonprofit administration; and
    3. how the La Verne MPA program complements the student’s interest in public service and its values.
  • two positive letters of recommendation discussing academic and/or professional qualifications from work supervisors, college professors, and/or public service professionals;
  • a current resumé/curriculum vitae; and
  • Internet access and an e-mail account.

Additional Requirements

Additional requirements, if needed, may include but are not limited to the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and a personal interview with the MPA Director.

Program Requirements

Students in the master degree program must maintain an academic achievement of at least a 3.0 GPA (B grade or better). All degree coursework must be completed within five years of registration as a graduate student at the University of La Verne.

International students with a degree from an institution where English is not the primary language of instruction and of the geographic area must establish minimal proficiency in English. The English language requirement could be accomplished by one of the following:

  1. a minimum score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language – TOEFL of 80 (internet-based, equivalent of 550 paper-based score or 213 computer-based TOEFL), or more; and
  2. satisfactory completion of the University of La Verne English Proficiency Test (EPT-5.50 and higher).
  3. International students (IELTS 6.5–7.0) with F-1 or J-1 visas may apply to and attend only the central campus in La Verne, California.