Henry W. Bloch
School of Management

MPA Admissions

Experienced in complex decision-making as well as analytical and critical thinking, Master of Public Administration (MPA) 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 MPA can take you?

Learn how to take the next steps to your degree.

Application Deadlines

You may start the MPA program during any semester. Under rolling admissions, the final deadline to apply to the program is two weeks before the start of the semester in which you would like to enroll. However, we encourage you to apply by the priority deadlines. 

Priority deadlines:

  • Aug. 1 – Fall
  • Dec. 15 – Spring
  • May 1  – Summer

How to Apply

We review applications using a holistic approach, which includes GPA, public service experience and other relevant information that supports your potential for success and public service motivation. 

All application materials must be submitted by the deadline for your application to be considered for admission that semester. 

UMKC application

Please submit these documents along with your application to UMKC.

  • All official transcripts sent from the school where you earned any degrees; undergraduate or graduate or credit. We prefer that you request to have your transcripts sent electronically to the Office of Admissions. If mailed, they must be received in a sealed envelope.
    • By secure email
    • By electronic transfer through your school
    • By mail
      • UMKC Office of Admissions
        Atterbury Student Success Center
        5000 Holmes St., Ste. 101
        Kansas City, MO 64110
  • Resume
  • One-page goal statement
  • You may submit test scores from the GMAT, GRE or LSAT, but they are not required.

Apply to UMKC

Transfer Credit

We will accept up to six 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.

International Applicants

International applicants requiring a student visa should apply at least one month before the posted deadline.

If you do not have a degree from a U.S. institution, you must demonstrate English proficiency through an approved certifying entity.

View minimum requirements

Visit the International Student Affairs Office (ISAO) to learn how to apply as an international student.

Visit ISAO 

Tuition Discounts

In-state tuition through the UMKC Metro Rate is available to graduate students who are residents of these Kansas counties: Atchison, Douglas, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami, Osage, Shawnee and Wyandotte.

Part-time domestic students in the traditional MPA program enrolled in at least three credit hours to six credit hours during Fall and Spring semesters and one class during Summer semester pay in-state tuition regardless of residency.

Tuition and fee schedule

More MPA Admission Options

B.A. Political Science/ MPA

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science may pursue early admission to the MPA program and complete the master's degree in one additional year. The program allows students to complete six credit hours of MPA coursework during their senior year as an undergraduate student. Students should reach out to Dr. Susan Opp (susan.opp@umkc.edu) for more information.

B.A. Urban Studies/MPA

Students enrolled in the bachelor's degree program in Urban Studies may pursue early admission to the MPA to complete the master’s degree program in one additional year. The program allows students to use some MPA courses to satisfy Urban Studies program requirements, thereby reducing the number of courses needed to complete both degrees.

Contact Susan Opp if you're interested in this option.


Students completing the bachelor of business administration may complete the MPA degree program in one additional year (three semesters). This program is available to UMKC undergraduate students only, and must be started while you are still working on your undergraduate degree.

For more information about this option, contact the Bloch School Student Services


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