MPA Admission Requirements

Admission Deadlines

Application for admission/readmission must be received no later than the following:

U.S. Applicants
Fall deadline - April 1
Spring deadline - October 1

International Applicants
Fall deadline - March 1
Spring deadline - August 1

Request for Deferral of Admission
Students who have been accepted to the MPA 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.

All applications are now submitted online. To submit an application, please go to the UNM Admissions to complete the application. Please do not submit any application materials to the UNM Admission office or to the School of Public Administration. A complete application will include the following:

  • Letter of Intent (2-3 Pages)
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume
  • One official transcript from EACH academic institution you have attended. You do not need official transcripts for coursework taken at the University of New Mexico.
  • $50 Application Fee

Please refer to the Bursar's Department at 505-277-5363 for the most accurate tuition information.



For further information about the program:

please contact Gene Henley, SPA Director of Operations and Advisement, at (505) 277-1092, or email spadvise@unm.edu.