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.
The D.P.A. program has a fall start only with rolling admission. While applications are accepted over several months, admission is based on program availability, so we recommend that you submit your completed application as soon as possible to be considered for admission. Applications are reviewed by the Admission Committee four times a year: the weeks of Nov. 15, Jan. 15, Mar. 15 and May 15. The final deadline for admission is May 1.*
*The D.P.A. program is selective and has limited openings for each fall semester cohort. Once that maximum is reached, 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 1 deadline, additional applications will be reviewed.
- 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).
- Statement of personal interest. Your statement of personal interest is an important part of your application. Ensuring a good fit between the expertise of our faculty and a student’s research interests and goals for the program is key to success in doctoral education. In your personal statement, please articulate your interest in obtaining a doctoral degree as well as your interests in studying at UBalt. Your statement may be submitted electronically as part of the online application.
- 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.
- 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.
GRE General Test scores. Have your GRE scores sent directly from the testing agency; UBalt'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.)
- Resume/Curriculum Vitae. Submit your resume/CV directly to the Office of Graduate and International Admission and Enrollment .
Send all materials by email to email@example.com or by mail to the University of Baltimore Office of Graduate Admission, 1420 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201.
NOTE: Admitted students are expected to attend an orientation in the summer, prior to the start of classes.