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Please note the MPP program admits students for fall semester only The priority deadline for applications is January 15.

Application Overview:

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 January 15 to be eligible for MPP scholarships.

Applications can still be submitted after January 15; however, if an application is submitted after the priority deadline, applicants will not be eligible for MPP scholarships.  Applications must be submitted by April 1. 

Contact the Program Manager  to request approval of late documents.  An additional fee of $30.00 will be charged for late submissions.

Application Instructions: 

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.

Applications are submitted online through University of Utah's Graduate Admissions Slate system.  Paper applications are not accepted. Here are some tips to help you along the way.

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.
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose (letter of intent, entrance essay)
  • Unofficial Transcripts from each college or university you have attended.
  • Names and contact information for at least one person submitting a letter 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. You may have more than one letter of recommendation submitted, but at least one is required.
  • Test Scores: 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 may be required to submit proof of English proficiency.  You can learn more about the English proficiency requirements by reviewing the International Graduate Admissions webpage.

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 Slate. You 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 application for each program (i.e. one for MPP and one for MPH). 

The MPP Admissions Committee will begin reviewing applications after the deadline.  Applicants will receive 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 funding opportunities available for students. Note that in order to be considered for the MPP Fellowship or MPP Graduate Assistantship, you must submit your admissions application by January 15. The Graduate Assistant application must also be submitted by January 15, if applicable, while the MPP Fellowship application is due by April 15. You must be admitted to the program in order to apply for the Fellowship. Please visit our page on financial assistance page for more details. 

We will notify applicants of our admission decisions by March 1.



Last Updated: 8/7/23