Admission Requirements

  • Completed application and application fee
  • Current résumé
  • Personal statement that demonstrates the applicant’s ability to write at a graduate level, experience and interest in public and/or nonprofit administration, and how the La Verne MPA program compliments the applicant’s interests in public service and its values (1-2 pages)
  • Two letters of recommendation discussing academic and/or professional qualifications from work supervisors, college professors, or public service professionals
  • Official transcripts showing completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university (a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8 and a GPA of 3.0 for any graduate study)
    • Applicants with lower GPAs who have substantial public service experience may be considered
    • Applicants without previous related coursework and/or lower GPAs may be admitted conditionally with stipulations and/or prerequisite courses
    • Additional requirements for applicants with lower GPAs may include but are not limited to Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and a personal interview with the program director