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Application Instructions and Checklist

Please note the MPP program admits students for fall semester only. Applications for fall semester are due February 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, both of which are vital to success in studying public policy process and analysis at the graduate level. Consideration of your application includes:

  • Academic background including undergraduate transcripts, academic recommendations, and performance on the graduate school entrance exam of choice.
  • Completion of the program prerequisites: introductory statistics, microeconomics and United States national government.
  • Professional experience including work experience, internships, professional recommendations, and volunteer or community service activities.
  • Evaluation of the content of your Statement of Purpose (a.k.a. letter of intent, entrance essay).  The Admissions Committee will also use this document to assess your writing skills. 

Application due date: The MPP program accepts new students for fall semester, which starts in August.  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.  

  • International applicant final deadline is March 30.
  • Domestic applicant final deadline is June 30.

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

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH MPP APPLICATION INFORMATION

CHECKLIST

To be considered for admission to the MPP degree program you must submit an online application to the University of Utah Graduate School as well as the MPP program.  Your application, with the required materials, must be submitted by the specified due date.

Application Instructions

Applications are submitted online through University of Utah's Graduate Admissions ApplyYourself system.  Paper applications are not accepted. The system is self-explanatory and user friendly.  Here are some tips to help you along the way.

Before Applying - 

  • 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 ā€œCā€ 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 for the MPP program are:
    • U.S. National Government - sample course at The University of Utah POLS 1100
    • Applied Statistics - sample courses at The University of Utah: FCS 3210; SOC 3112, ECON 3640, POLS 3001 and PSYCH 3000 - we cannot accept 1000 level math classes for the statistics prerequisite
    • Introductory Microeconomics - sample course at The University of Utah ECON 2010

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.  University of Utah course information can be found in the Course Catalog.

Apply to The University of Utah Graduate School.

Gather your required application materials:

  • Application fee: The fee for domestic applicants is $55 and $65 for international applications.
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose (a.k.a. letter of intent, entrance essay)
  • Unofficial Transcripts from each college or university you have attended.
  • Names and contact information for three persons submitting letters of recommendation.  These are submitted  by your reference electronically through the online application system.  You must start the online application and submit the names and email addresses of your reference so they can submit the letters.
  • Test Scores: you will need to send your test scores directly to the University of Utah.  You will also need to enter the scores in the online application system.

This is just a brief overview of required applications materials. Help strengthen your application by reviewing the Application Checklist for more detailed information.

Apply now using ApplyYourself

Complete and submit the University of Utah Graduate School and MPP program applications online.  During this process you will be asked to identify and choose which Graduate Program you are applying to:  either MPP, MPP/MPH, JD/MPP or combined BA/BS/MPP option.

The University Admissions Office will begin processing a graduate file once it is complete.  A complete University of Utah Graduate School Application consists of all the online application components. When The University of Utah Graduate School Application is complete, the admissions file is summarized by the Admissions Office staff and sent to the MPP Office.  This can take up to four weeks.

We are here to help you successfully complete your application.  If you have questions or need assistance, please contact us.

Apply for MPP Scholarships and Graduate Assistantships

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We will notify applicants of our admission and funding decisions by April 1.

 

 

Last Updated: 10/23/17