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Application Checklist

The MPP admits students for fall semester only. Applications due February 15, 2013.

Prospective graduate students, including University of Utah seniors, apply for admission to graduate study through The University of Utah Admissions Office and through the MPP program using the Apply Yourself online application system. Please submit the following items by the due date. We're here to help. Please contact us if you have questions.

"" Have You Taken

  • If possible, meet with the MPP Program Manager. Please email or call to schedule an appointment - 801-585-7834
  • Complete the program prerequisite courses (FAQs). These courses must be completed at the undergraduate level with a grade “C” or better in the last 10 years. You may apply and be admitted to the program before completing these requirements. However, you may not enroll in the program until these courses are satisfactorily completed. The prerequisite courses for the MPP program are:
    • U.S. National Government - sample course at The University of Utah POLS 1100
    • Introductory Statistics - sample courses at The University of Utah: FCS 3210; SOC 3112 and PSYCH 3000 - we cannot count 1000 level math classes for the statistics prerequisite
    • Introductory Microeconomics - sample course at The University of Utah ECON 2010

Please note: if you are accepted into a joint program (e.g. MPP/JD) some prerequisites may automatically be waived. Please consult the program manager for more information. University of Utah course information can be found in the Course Catalog.

"" GRE or Other Standardized Test Score

Please make sure you take the test in time for the scores to reach us by February 15 (this varies for each test so confirm how long it takes with the testing facility). We accept test scores taken in the past five years.

All applicants who have not already completed a graduate degree must take one of the following entrance exams:

GRE: The GRE is the preferred test for admission to the MPP program. Applicants must submit official scores from the GRE. (If needed the GRE code is: U-code - 4853 Department/Program code: 2204 (public affairs) or 1903 (public policy studies).

MAT (Millers Analogies Test): U-code only: 4853. MAT scores are sent to the admissions office. Students must contact admissions and have the scores sent to the MPP office.

LSAT: Email pdf results to the MPP program manager.

GMAT: U-code only: 4853. Contact the Business School at 801-585-7366 to forward scores to the MPP Office BLG 73, Room 237.

TOEFL: Students for whom English is a second language. We require a TOEFL pBT score of 583 on paper-based exam, 92-93 on the computer-based TOEFL iBT is required, or 7.0 on the IELTS. Read more about this on The University of Utah International Graduate Student Admission web page.

NOTE: the MPP admissions committee looks at percentile ranks in each category of the test, rather than raw test scores and does not prefer one test over another. There is no minimum test score requirement to apply, however, it is preferred that applicants receive a 50th percentile or above in all assessed categories of a test.

Please enter your percentile rank in the online application.

Please contact the University Testing Center for assistance with preparation advice and scheduling tests.

"" Write a Statement of Purpose

Also known as a letter of intent or an entrance essay, this document should describe in no more than two to three pages:

  • Your reason(s) for applying to The University of Utah MPP program
  • Your expectations of the program in furthering your career objectives
  • Your academic background, extracurricular activities, professional experiences, community and/or volunteer work, and any other factors relevant to your interest in public policy analysis

Please include page numbers and your name on each page.

"" Three Academic/Professional Recommendations

These references should be a combination of academic and professional references (not personal). It is strongly recommended that at least one recommendation be an academic reference from a former professor.

"" Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Resumés or CVs should be professional and adequately describe:

  • Relevant academic, professional, volunteer, internship or military experience
  • Academic and/or professional honors, prizes, or scholarships
  • Leadership positions

"" Additional Information

We do not require an interview for admission, however, students often find a visit to the school to be a very useful tool in their decision to apply and/or attend The University of Utah. We hold several Information Sessions throughout the year and are available to meet with students one-on-one.

We will notify applicants of admission decisions by the end of March. We are here to help you! If you have questions about the application process please contact us via email, call 801-585-7834 or review the FAQs.

Last Updated: 1/25/17