Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies for the Degree of Master of Public Administration

  • A sound academic record, including a baccalaureate degree from an accredited undergraduate institution.
  • Satisfactory scores on the general aptitude section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).*
  • *If you have a minimum of five years of professional experience in public administration, you may be eligible for a GRE waiver. To see if you qualify, please email your resume to for an assessment. International students who are required to take the TOEFL exam do not qualify for a GRE waiver.
  • Three letters of recommendation attesting to the candidate's academic potential for graduate work and motivation for pursuing the M.P.A.
  • Past experience in public service will be considered.
  • Persons currently employed in administrative positions are encouraged to apply.


An additional requirement:

  • Completion of three prerequisite courses–economics, American government, and statistics–by the end of a student's first semester in the MPA program.
  • For international students whose native language is not English or who have not completed undergraduate degrees in English, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores or IELTS scores must be submitted.
  • Minimum acceptable scores for admission to the Graduate College at UVM:
  Internet Based (iBT)
TOEFL: Minimum to qualify for admission 90
TOEFL: Minimum to qualify for funding 100
IELTS:   Minimum to qualify for admission 6.5
IELTS:   Minimum to qualify for funding 7.0
  • Institution code for test scores for UVM is 3920.

Note: The application deadlines for the M.P.A. program are January 15 for fall funding consideration and all other admissions are on a rolling application basis. Students can choose to begin their program in Fall, Spring, or Summer semester.