Please note the MPP program admits students for fall semester only. The priority deadline for applications is February 15.
Due to a record number of applications during this cycle, we will not be accepting applications for Fall 2021 after April 1.
The Admissions Committee carefully reviews an applicant's combined academic and professional background. No single component of the application is weighed more heavily than other components. However, the Committee will evaluate each application with an eye toward the applicant's writing and analytical skills. Consideration of your application includes:
- Academic background- undergraduate transcripts and academic recommendations.
- Completion of the program prerequisites- introductory statistics, microeconomics and United States national government.
- Professional experience- work experience, internships, professional recommendations, and volunteer or community service activities.
- Evaluation of your Statement of Purpose- letter of intent, entrance essay. The Admissions Committee will also use this document to assess your writing skills.
Application Due Date:
All MPP program application materials must be completed by the priority deadline of February 15 to be eligible for MPP scholarships.
Applications can still be submitted after February 15; however, if an application is submitted after the priority deadline, applicants will not be eligible for MPP scholarships. Applications must be submited by:
- Due to a record number of applicants this cycle, we will not be accepting applications for Fall 2021 after April 1.
Contact the Program Manager to request approval of late documents. An additional fee of $30.00 will be charged for late submissions.
To be considered for admission to the MPP program you must submit an online application to University of Utah's Graduate School and choose the MPP program as the program you are applying to in the application. Your application, with the required materials, must be submitted by the specified due date.
If you have questions, meet with the MPP Graduate Assistant or Program Manager. Please email or call to schedule an appointment. Our phone number is 801-585-7834.
Plan to 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 be admitted to the program before completing these requirements; however, you may not enroll in the program until these courses are satisfactorily completed. Prerequisite courses are:
- U.S. National Government - A sample course at the University of Utah would be POLS 1100
- Applied Statistics - Sample courses at The University of Utah are FCS 3210; SOC 3112, ECON 3640, POLS 3001 and PSYCH 3000 - we cannot accept 1000 level math classes for the statistics prerequisite
- Introductory Microeconomics - A sample course at The University of Utah would be ECON 2010
University of Utah's course information can be found in the Course Catalog.
If you are accepted into a joint program (e.g. MPP/JD) some prerequisites may automatically be waived. Please consult the Program Manger for more information.
- Application fee: The fee for domestic applicants is $55 and $65 for international applicants.
- Statement of Purpose (letter of intent, entrance essay)
- Unofficial Transcripts from each college or university you have attended.
- Names and contact information for three people submitting letters of recommendation. These are submitted by your reference electronically through the online application system. You must start the online application to submit the names and email addresses of your reference so they can submit the letters.
- Test Scores: We are waiving the test score requirement for the 2021/2022 admissions cycle. Students can submit test scores (GRE, LSAT, GMAT, MAT) if they feel that their scores will strengthen their application, but it is not required.
- International students are also required to submit their TOEFL test scores. You can learn more about the exams by reviewing our Application Checklist.
This is just a brief overview of required applications materials. Help strengthen your application by reviewing the Application Checklist for more detailed information.
To apply use University of Utah's Graduate School ApplyYourself. SYou will be asked to identify which program you are applying to. Select MPP.
Special note for dual degree applicants: You must meet the requirements for each masters program. You also must submit a separate ApplyYourself application for each program (i.e. one for MPP and one for MPH). To do so, you will need to create two accounts in ApplyYourself with two separate email addresses. We are able to share letters of recommendation between applications so that your references don't have to submit two letters to two programs. Please contact us to work this out.
The MPP Admissions Committee will begin reviewing applications after the deadline. Applicants will recieve admissions decisions via email from the MPP program. After this, admissions files are processed by the University of Utah Office of Graduate Admissions and admissions letters are mailed out.
We are here to help you successfully complete your application. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact us.
There are many MPP Scholarships, Graduate Assistantships, and University scholarships available for students. Note that in order to be considered for the MPP Scholarship or MPP Graduate Assistanship, you must submit both your admissions application AND the application for the scholarship/Graduate assistantship by Feb. 15. Please visit our page on financial assistance page for more details.
We will notify applicants of our admission and funding decisions by April 1.