MPA Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission to the Master of Public Administration degree must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year institution. Students must also apply to NMU’s College of Graduate Studies, as well as to the MPA program. Admissions into Northern’s graduate school does not imply admission into the MPA program. Please see the Graduate Studies Web site for more information.

Departmental admission eligibility:

  1. Satisfy the minimum graduate school entrance requirements
  2. Have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher, or
  3. Have a 3.25 GPA based on 12 credit hours of relevant graduate credit

In-service students with less than a 3.0 GPA may qualify for conditional admission if the program coordinator or designee makes such a recommendation. This recommendation is typically based on relevant work experience or other extenuating circumstances. Pre-service students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA for admission.

Starting January 2014, students applying to the MPA program must submit:

  1. Transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities.
  2. Resume and Cover Letter

Students must also complete an interview with the program coordinator or designee.

Please send all application material to:
Graduate Studies and Research
401 Cohodas Hall
Northern Michigan University
1401 Presque Isle Avenue
Marquette, Michigan 49855