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There is a Priority Application Deadline of March 1st for fall applicants and November 1st for spring applicants. Applicants who wish to meet the Priority Deadline should ensure that their applications, including external materials (e.g., GRE scores, letters of recommendation, etc.), are complete and ready for review by those deadlines. Review of applications by the program's Admissions Committee will commence on those dates. Applicants who meet the Priority Deadline have their application fee waived and receive priority consideration for scholarships or assistantships.

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BACHELOR'S TO MASTER'S

Current undergraduate UMass Lowell students in any field of study with a GPA of 3.0 or greater may apply to the accelerated master’s program (aka “Bachelor’s to Master’s”) during their junior or senior year, and will be permitted to apply up to 12 graduate-level credits earned as an undergraduate to their MPA degree.

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Master of Public Administration: Frequently Asked Questions

Why is MPA at UMass Lowell a good choice for me? 

The mission of the MPA at UMass Lowell is to prepare students for successful careers in the public and non-profit sectors through the development of managerial, communication and analytical skills. Students will learn from an engaging and versatile faculty group, emphasizing hands on learning experiences that will emphasize the values and ethics of public service. Students in the MPA will focus in one of three tracks: Justice Administration, Human Service Management or Public Humanities and the Arts, allowing the student to develop skills relevant to their current career goals or aspirations. For more information on if the MPA is right for you, please email: mpa@uml.edu

Can I get my MPA at UML around my full time work schedule? Can I be an MPA student part time? Are there evening/online class options? 

Yes! The MPA at UMass Lowell is designed to accommodate traditional Masters Students, and working professionals. The program offers a flexible course schedule that includes online, afternoon and evening classes. While a traditional full time course load is nine credits (3 classes) students may work with their academic advisor to develop options for part time attendance in the program.  Please refer to the Academic Catalog for a complete summary of graduation requirements: 

What are the admission requirements for the MPA program? 

Ideal candidates for the MPA at UMass Lowell will have:
1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
2. An undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better. At the discretion of the MPA Graduate Admissions Committee, students may be admitted with a grade point average below 3.0, if they have substantive work experience in the field.
3. Acceptable scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller's Analogy Test (MAT). There is no minimum GRE or MAT score. However, we recommend a Verbal score in the 55th percentile or better and an Analytic Essay score of at least 4.5 and a comparable score on the MAT. (Note: Tests may be waved in certain circumstances, please refer to the academic catalog to see if you might qualify) 
4. Three Letters of recommendation
5. A personal statement
6. A curriculum vitae summarizing education, work and public service experiences

Click here for a complete description of admission requirements 


How long will the MPA program take to complete? 

Students in the MPA program are required to complete 39 credit hours of coursework, meaning most full time students should complete the program in 4 semesters. Part time students will work closely with their academic adviser to develop a manageable plan for completion of the program. Please see the Academic Catalog for a complete description of graduation requirements. 

Are there internships available in the MPA program?

Yes, the MPA has developed close working relationships with community partners in all three option areas. Students interested in internship opportunities should work with their faculty adviser to determine what option is best suited for them. 

Is there financial aid available?

Yes. Both full and part-time Students may apply for financial aid to meet their needs (click here for more information about applying for financial aid).  
All students who apply to the full-time MPA program will be considered for partial tuition reimbursement through Chancellor and Provosts awards.  Additionally, students may apply for a limited number of paid research opportunities as they become available. Contact your academic adviser for more information regarding these potential opportunities.   

Which option area is best for me?

MPA students will decide between Justice Administration, Human Service Management or Public Humanities and the Arts as their primary concentration. Each option has a unique set of requirements and electives that will help to prepare graduates for the workplace, and students will be able to develop job and career specific skills. If you are unsure which option area might be best for you, please reach out to us to discuss.  

Where can I get more information about the MPA at UMass Lowell? 

Please contact MPA@uml.edu and a representative will be happy to discuss the program and how it might work for you.