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Doctor of Public Administration Admission Requirements


  • a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • a master's degree, from a regionally accredited college or university, in public administration, public affairs, policy analysis, public health or nonprofit management
    if your master's degree is not in one of these fields, at least five years of significant public management or related work experience. You may be required to complete additional coursework in public administration prior to enrolling in doctoral-level coursework.

Application deadlines:

  • The D.P.A. Admissions Committee will have four scheduled dates for reviewing applications:
    • Nov. 15 (with possible spring enrollment)
    • Jan. 15
    • March 15
    • May 15
  • fall semester departmental assistantships and Schaefer Center fellowships: April 1
    (You can apply for these assistantships and fellowships even before you know of your admission decision; please don't wait.)

Applications received after the deadline dates will be considered depending on availability of space, strength of your credentials and sufficiency of time for processing.

NOTE: Admitted students are expected to attend an orientation in June and a writing and statistics workshop in August prior to the start of classes.


  1. Online application. Complete and submit the online application and pay the $35 application fee. (To pay in-state tuition, you must submit the Maryland In-State Residency form). You can submit your Statement of Personal Interest electronically as part of the online application.
  2. Official transcript(s). Request that an official transcript of all prior college or university work (including graduate courses, if applicable) be sent directly from each institution attended; electronic transcripts are encouraged.
  3. Letters of recommendation. Have three professors or employers submit letters of recommendation on your behalf; these should be sent in sealed envelopes with signatures across the sealed portion.
  4. GRE scores. Have your GRE scores sent directly from the testing agency; UB's code is 5810. Your scores should be no more than five years old. If you have taken the GMAT but not the GRE, those scores may be substituted. (You must submit scores from one of these tests; we do not issue exceptions or waivers.)
  5. Resume/Curriculum Vitae. Submit your resume/CV directly to the Office of Graduate and International Admission and Enrollment.

Send all materials to the University of Baltimore Office of Graduate Admission, 1420 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201.

Contact Us:

For more information about graduate admission, please contact the Office of Graduate and International Admission and Enrollment at or 410.837.6565.