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.
Requirements for admission include:
B.A. / M.A. Candidates:
UMass Lowell undergraduates who wish to be B.A. / M.A. candidates may apply to the program and waive the GRE test and application fee. To apply to the B.A. / M.A. program, a student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for all previous course work. Students admitted to the B.A. / M.A. program are accepted on a conditional basis with the requirement that students receive their bachelor's degree at the end of the their senior year and graduate with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. If students do not meet this requirement, their master's degree candidacy will be voided and they would be required to re-apply via the traditional application process. Application is typically submitted during the student's second semester of their junior year but may be submitted through senior year.
Students are required to complete 39 credit hours of course work.
Degree Pathways for options:
Matriculated students are allowed to transfer up to 12 credits of graduate course work completed with a grade of B or better taken in other departments at UMass Lowell or at other accredited college or universities in the United States or Canada, provided that the courses are within a relevant content area and do not involve credit for field experience or professional work. Such transfer credit is subject to the approval of the Graduate Coordinator and the Registrar's Office.
PALView the Public Administration & Leadership Certificate.
In addition to the Master in Public Administration degree, UMASS Lowell offers a 12-credit graduate certificate in Public Administration and Leadership that may be completed 100% online. It is designed for agency managers seeking to expand their leadership skills, agency line staff who are preparing to move into management roles, those with existing master degrees (e.g. master of criminal justice, master of social work) who wish to add on a management oriented credential, or prospective MPA students who are interested in an intermediate credential. Areas of skill development include public and non-profit leadership, personnel management, public budgeting and financial management, and data management. Because courses for the graduate certificate program are aligned with the master’s program curriculum, this program serves as both a standalone certificate and can serve as a pathway into the master’s program.