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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 (applications completed after one date will be considered at the next deadline date, subject to program space availability):
    • 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.)

*The D.P.A. program is selective and, as a doctoral program, has limited openings for each fall semester cohort. Once that maximum is reached, even if it is reached before one or more of the stated application deadlines, all subsequent applications will be considered only for the following year. Please apply early to ensure consideration for the following fall semester. If there are openings after the May 15 deadline, additional applications will be reviewed. A limited number of openings may be available for beginning coursework in the spring semester; however, these spring admits will be considered as part of the following fall cohort and will take subsequent courses with that cohort.

NOTE: Admitted students are expected to attend an orientation in the summer, prior to the start of classes.


  1. Online application. Complete and submit the online application and pay the $50 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 General Test 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.