Application for admission/readmission must be received no later than the following:
Fall deadline - April 1
Fall deadline - March 1
*No Spring admittance
Request for Deferral of Admission
Students who have been accepted to the MHA program and wish to defer admission to a subsequent semester must submit a formal request for a deferral to SPA no later than the Friday of the second week of classes of the original semester of admission. Offers of admission can be deferred for up to one calendar year.
Admission is competitive, and only applicants with strong academic and professional records are admitted to the program. Applicants must have:
A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with an undergraduate grade point average for the last 60 hours, or overall major grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent.
Applicants to the School of Public Administration’s MHA program should submit an application packet to the UNM Admissions Office. A paper or online application is acceptable, although online is strongly preferred. The online application can be found at: UNM Admissions.
The application (Paper or Online) must include the following AND be submitted directly to the UNM Admissions Office:
UNM School of Public Administration Address:
School of Public Administration
Attn: Graduate Academic Advisor
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Students who take Public Administration or Health Administration courses in non-degree and post-degree status fall into three categories:
1. Applicants who are denied admission by SPA may be advised by the Admissions Committee to take two core courses (PADM 500, 521, or 525) in non-degree status before reapplying for admission. As non-degree students, students must achieve at least a 3.5 GPA in Public Administration core courses to be reconsidered for admission to the program. Upon completion of coursework, non-degree students must reapply for admission.
2. Individuals who seek to enroll in a course after the admission deadline, but prior to the start of classes. These persons may only register for two core courses (PADM 500, 521, or 525) in non-degree status, and must obtain approval from the Director of the School of Public Administration. A maximum of six non-degree credit hours may be transferred to the MPA degree.
3. Students who have already completed a master’s degree may enroll in post-degree status with approval from the Director of the School of Public Administration. Students in this category pursue a particular concentration and enroll in a specialized course of study to enhance their professional degree.