Master of Public Administration Admissions

Students who complete their M.P.A. have the skills needed to manage public service organizations in entrepreneurial and innovative ways. Experienced in complex decision-making as well as analytical and critical thinking, M.P.A. students are able to address the long-term needs of communities, organizations and their stakeholders while maintaining the ethics of public service.

These graduates will understand the value of diversity and inclusion. They are prepared to lead using diverse principles, cultures and practices of organizations and communities from different parts of the world. Do you want to see where a Bloch M.P.A. can take you? Learn how to take the next steps to your degree.

You may apply to and begin the M.P.A. program in any semester. Final application deadline for any semester is two weeks prior to the start of the semester. All required application materials must be submitted by the deadline for an application to be considered for admission that semester.

Our priority deadlines are the following:

  • Fall start – August 1
  • Spring start – December 15*
  • Summer start – May 1*

*International applicants who will require a student visa should apply at least one month before the posted deadlines.

A completed application includes all of the following:

UMKC application, plus application fee.

Official transcripts* (one copy) from all colleges/universities attended, sent to:
UMKC Office of Admissions
120 Administrative Center
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499

*You must have completed a bachelor’s or first level professional degree from a regionally accredited institution.

If your prior university sends electronic transcripts, they should be sent to

An official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score.

While the GRE is preferred, our admissions committee will also consider scores from the GMAT, LSAT and PCAT exams. Your test score cannot be more than five years old at the time of admission to the program. Scores will be considered official if deemed official by the UMKC office originally receiving the score.
* see Admission Requirements section below for more information.

If you have a prior master’s degree, you will be asked to provide a GRE, GMAT, LSAT or PCAT score. The five-year time limit does not apply if you have earned a prior master’s degree at the time of admission to the program.

Please upload your resume and goal statement to the online application.

International applicants will also need to submit:

  • Passport (utilized by ISAO only)
  • Statement of Finances (utilized by ISAO only)
  • Affidavit of Support (utilized by ISAO only)
  • Transfer-In Form and Immigration Documents (utilized by ISAO only)

Minimum Requirements for Proof of English Proficiency

Undergraduate Graduate
Reporting Code: 6872
61 79
5.5 minimum in all bands
5.5 minimum in all bands
Pearson Test of English (PTE) 44 53
Duolingo English Test (DET) 90 105

Applicants may qualify for admission to the M.P.A. program upon meeting one of the following five criteria:

  • Applicants with a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.2 or higher (on a 4 point scale), will receive a waiver of the GRE requirement and qualify for automatic admission to the program.
  • Applicants with a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher and at least 3 years of relevant work experience will receive a waiver of the GRE requirement and qualify for admission to the program upon M.P.A. Admissions Committee approval.
  • Applicants with a prior master’s or professional degree will be considered for admission to the program upon M.P.A. Admissions Committee approval.
  • Applicants not meeting one of the criteria above will be required to complete the GRE. A total of 190 points must be achieved using the formula GRE Verbal Percentile + GRE Quantitative Percentile + GRE Analytical Writing Percentile + [(Cumulative UG GPA (on 4.0 scale) – 2.0) x 50]; scores in each section of the GRE must be at or above the 10th percentile. Test scores must be less than five years old at the time of consideration for admission.
  • Applicants with significant relevant professional experience will be considered for admission to the program upon M.P.A. Admissions Committee approval.

Additional issues to note:

  • The M.P.A. Admissions Committee will also consider GMAT, LSAT, and PCAT scores. These scores must also be less than five years old at the time of consideration for admission.
  • Completed application packets must be received no later than the Monday that falls two weeks prior to the start of the semester in order to be considered for admission for that term.

Bloch School reviews completed applications in the order received and will inform you of admission committee decisions in writing. You should allow two-four weeks from when the completed application is received by Bloch until there a decision is rendered.

Letters of recommendation: None are required as part of the application process.

Financial aid/scholarships: In order to be given financial aid/scholarships, you must be admitted to UMKC as a degree-seeking student. The priority deadline for financial aid is February 1, which means you should apply early in order to be considered for the best possible aid package.

Transfer credit: We will accept up to six (6) credit hours applicable to your program completed with distinction at an accredited institution. An official transcript must be supplied. All transfer credit is approved by your academic advisor during your first semester.

Tuition: The UMKC Metro Rate (in-state tuition) is available to graduate students who are residents of the following Kansas counties: Atchison, Douglas, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami, Osage, Shawnee and Wyandotte. Part-time domestic students in the traditional M.P.A. program (which means one class (three credit hours) to two classes (six credit hours) in fall and spring semesters, and one class in summer semester), you will pay in-state tuition regardless of your residency.* View the UMKC tuition and fee schedule.
*International students should consult UMKC’s International Student Affairs Office regarding tuition and fees.

The B.A. (Urban Studies)/M.P.A. Program
Students obtaining a B.A. in Urban Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at UMKC may pursue early admission to the master’s degree program in public administration and obtain a master’s degree in one additional year. The program allows students to utilize some of the M.P.A. courses to satisfy Urban Studies requirements, thereby reducing the number of courses needed to complete both degrees. Students interested in this option should contact Dr. David Renz in the Bloch School.

The B.B.A./M.P.A. Program
Students completing the bachelor of business administration at UMKC may complete their M.P.A. degree in one additional year (three semesters). For more information about this option, contact the Bloch School Student Services Office. Please note that this program is available to UMKC undergraduate students only, and must be started while you are still working on your undergraduate degree.

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