Apply to the MPA Program
A completed application for NC State’s MPA program includes:
Required Essay No. 1 (Personal Statement)
There are many pathways you can follow to make a difference in the world. The admission committee would like to learn about your career goals and how an MPA degree from NC State is a good fit to help you achieve those goals.
Why is an MPA degree from NC State part of the right path to help you achieve your public service career goals? In answering this question, let us know your career goals, indicate what values drive your commitment to public service, and how an NC State MPA degree helps you build on your work, volunteer, and/or academic experiences to achieve these goals. (300 to 400 words)
Required Essay No. 2 (Analytic Thinking Question)
Describe a time when you had to solve a problem but didn’t have all the necessary information about it in hand. What did you do? (250-word limit)
If you have any concerns about your prior academic, professional, or personal background, please share with the Admissions Committee elements from your background, education, etc. that adds to your desire and ability to successfully complete graduate-level work. (250-word limit)
Include education, prior experience, etc.
Include transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (minimum GPA of 3.0 is required).
Three Letters of Recommendation
At least one academic reference is suggested but not required.
Additional Requirements for International Applicants
International applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English at a level necessary to be successful in a graduate program at NC State. This requirement can be met by:
- Taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT (NC State minimum score of 80, expectation of 100 for MPA applicants); or
- Taking the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 7.0 on the listening, reading, and writing sections or
- Taking the Duolingo test with a minimum total score of 115; or
- Being a citizen of a country where English is an official language and the language of instruction in higher education; or
- Having successfully completed at least one year of full-time study in a degree program at a regionally accredited four-year U.S. college or university.
Note: The TOEFL or IELTS test date must be no more than two years old (24 months) prior to the beginning of the requested entry term.
Prior to being fully admitted, international students must submit a Certificate of Financial Responsibility form that confirms the availability of funds to cover all expenses of the student and accompanying dependents.
For more information on International Student Life, visit the Office of International Services.
Funding Opportunity: Energy Policy Fellow Program
Prospective students can apply for the Energy Policy Fellow Program, which offers one year of graduate funding, research mentorship and professional experience in energy policy. The program, a partnership between the NC State Department of Public Administration and the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center, will select one first-year student for the fellowship. To apply, students should note their interest as part of the personal statement in their graduate school application. Click here for more information, or email Christopher Galik with further questions.
- February 1 for full consideration for graduate assistantships
- March 1 for international applicants
- May 15 for domestic applicants
- July 15 for international applicants
- November 1 for domestic applicants
For an application with all the necessary forms and instructions:
The Graduate School
North Carolina State University
1020 Main Campus Drive, Room 2300A
Campus Box 7102
Raleigh, NC 27695-7102