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Whether you are looking to jumpstart a career in public service or advance your skills for your current position, our programs offer you an innovative public service education to meet your individual needs.

Find out more about how to apply below for one of our graduate-level programs. To ensure your success, please watch this guide on how to apply for one of our graduate degree programs. Read the in-application instructions carefully. If any issues with your application, please contact our admissions expert, Ben Hamman (ben.hamman@mso.umt.edu). Upon application completion, it takes 2-3 weeks for review.

How to Apply

To apply for the MPA, please submit the required application form online (with a $60 application fee). If you have already been admitted to the School of Law within the last year, contact Ben Hamman (ben.hamman@mso.umt.edu). 

Please submit the following documents directly with your application:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited university/college
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Official transcripts (send to ben.hamman@mso.umt.edu)
  • Three letters of recommendation from professors or former employers (not friends or relatives – send to ben.hamman@mso.umt.edu)
  • Personal statement (500 words) concerning the applicant's objectives to pursue an MPA and how they intend to carry out our mission of public service values
  • A resume

Applications are received on a rolling basis (Summer, Fall, Spring). Applications are reviewed by the MPA Admissions committee when they are completed. Review can take up to three weeks upon receipt. Please note: It is advised to turn in materials a semester prior to your start date. Often our classes completely fill and space is not available. Contact the MPA Director with any questions at sara.rinfret@umontana.edu.

Graduate students may take MPA courses prior to their admission to the MPA program by applying for graduate non-degree status. Up to nine (9) credit hours taken in nondegree status may be counted toward the degree with the approval of the MPA program director. To apply for graduate non-degree status, visit the Graduate School website. If you have been admitted to the School of Law, please work with the Registrar’s Office to transfer materials to the Graduate College.

Students admitted under provisional status must successfully maintain a 3.0 after a full semester. If a 3.0 is not maintained, the student will be denied admission to the MPA Program. Please review the details in our student handbook.

To apply for the MPA/MPH degree, please use this link to lsac.org: To apply, you need the following materials:

  • A bachelor’s degree;
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  • Official Transcripts (send to ben.hamman@mso.umt.edu);
  • 3 letters of recommendation by professors or former employers (send to ben.hamman@mso.umt.edu);
  • Personal statement (500 words) concerning the applicant’s objectives to pursue an MPA/MPH; and
  • A resume

Students admitted under provisional status must successfully maintain a 3.0 after a full semester. If a 3.0 is not maintained, the student will be denied admission to the MPA Program. Please review details in our student handbook.

To apply for the MPA/MPH, please submit the required application form online (with a $60 application fee).

Applications are received on a rolling basis (Summer, Fall, Spring). Applications are reviewed by the MPA/MPH Admissions committee when they are completed. Review can take up to three weeks upon receipt. Please note: It is advised to turn in materials a semester prior to your start date. Often our classes completely fill and space is not available. Contact the MPA Director with any questions at sara.rinfret@umontana.edu.

Persons holding a baccalaureate degree from any accredited college or university are eligible to apply. To apply, please submit the required application form online (with a $60 application fee).

Submit the following documents with your online application:

  1. An official transcript(s) of previous college work, a 3.0 or higher GPA is expected (send to ben.hamman@mso.umt.edu);
  2. Two Essays (detailed essay prompts on the application):
    • One addressing how your personal qualities, life experience, and professional and volunteer work have led you to the field of social work and prepared you to honor the UM MSW Mission Statement
    • One analyzing a contemporary social issue that you consider relevant to the field of social work.
  1. A written statement - 500 words stating your reasons for seeking the MSW/MPA;
  2. Resume;
  3. 3 letters of reference (professors or work supervisors, not friends or family – send to
  4. ben.hamman@mso.umt.edu)

Application deadline is February 15 of any given year and reviewed one time per year. Applications are reviewed by the MPA/MSW Admissions committee. Provisionally admitted applicants should review our student handbook for requirements.

Once you have made a decision to declare the nonprofit administration minor, you can email Ben Hamman at ben.hamman@mso.umt.edu to be admitted to the program.

Persons holding a baccalaureate degree from any accredited college or university are eligible to apply. To apply, please submit the required application form online (with a $60 application fee)

Submit the following documents with your application:

  1. An official transcript(s) of previous college work, a 3.0 or higher GPA is expected (send to ben.hamman@mso.umt.edu);
  2. A written statement of about 300 words stating your reasons for seeking the Certificate of Law, Policy, and Public Administration.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis (for fall, spring, and semesters). Applications are reviewed by the DPAP Admissions committee and JD/MPA liaison. We encourage applicants to apply at least one full semester in advance. Students can apply their coursework towards the MPA upon completion of the certificate if they are in good standing within the program (3.0 or higher). Contact the MPA Director (sara.rinfret@umontana.edu) with questions.

Persons holding a baccalaureate degree from any accredited college or university are eligible to apply. To apply, please submit the required application form online (with a $60 application fee)

Submit the following documents with your application:

  1. An official transcript(s) of previous college work, a 3.0 or higher GPA is expected (send to ben.hamman@mso.umt.edu);
  2. A written statement of about 300 words stating your reasons for seeking the Certificate in Poverty Policy.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis (for fall, spring, and semesters). We encourage applicants to apply at least one full semester in advance. Students can apply their coursework towards the MPA upon completion of the certificate if they are in good standing within the program (3.0 or higher). Contact the MPA Director (sara.rinfret@umontana.edu) with questions.

A person holding a baccalaureate degree from any accredited college or university is eligible to apply for a certificate in public policy. To apply, please submit the required application form online (with a $60 application fee).

Submit the following documents with your application:

  • An official transcript(s) of previous college work (undergraduate degree), a 3.0 or higher GPA is expected (send to ben.hamman@mso.umt.edu);
  • A written statement of about 300 words stating your reasons for seeking the Certificate of Public Policy.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis (for fall, spring, and semesters). We encourage applicants to apply at least one full semester in advance. Students can apply their coursework towards the MPA upon completion of the certificate if they are in good standing within the program (3.0 or higher). Contact the MPA Director (sara.rinfret@umontana.edu) with questions.

A person holding a baccalaureate degree from any accredited college or university is eligible to apply for a certificate in public administration. To apply, please submit the required application form online (with a $60 application fee).

  • An official transcript(s) of previous college work (undergraduate degree), a 3.0 or higher GPA is expected (send to ben.hamman@mso.umt.edu);
  • A written statement of about 300 words stating your reasons for seeking the Certificate of Public Administration.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis (for fall, spring, and semesters). We encourage applicants to apply at least one full semester in advance. Students can apply their coursework towards the MPA upon completion of the certificate if they are in good standing within the program (3.0 or higher). Contact the MPA Director (sara.rinfret@umontana.edu)  with questions.

A person holding a baccalaureate degree from any accredited college or university is eligible to apply for a certificate in nonprofit administration. To apply, please submit the required application form online (with a $35 application fee).

  • An official transcript(s) of previous college work (undergraduate degree), a 3.0 or higher GPA is expected (send to ben.hamman@mso.umt.edu)

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis (for fall, spring, and semesters). We encourage applicants to apply at least one full semester in advance. Students can apply their coursework towards the MPA upon completion of the certificate if they are in good standing within the program (3.0 or higher). Contact the MPA Director (sara.rinfret@umontana.edu) with questions.

Contact Professor Ben Hamman (ben.hamman@mso.umt.edu).

Contact Professor Ben Hamman (ben.hamman@mso.umt.edu).

Contact the MPA director at sara.rinfret@umontana.edu or Wildlife Biology director Chad Bishop at chad.bishop@umontana.edu with any questions.

To apply, please submit the required application form online (with a $60 application fee) via the University of Montana’s Graduate College website. If you have already been admitted to the School of Law within the last year, the application fee is $20. 

Please submit the following documents directly with your application to the Graduate College:

  • Official transcript(s) of previous college work
  • Three (3) letters of reference. The official evaluation form is available from the Graduate School website
  • 50-word letter of interest (why you are interested in pursuing degree)
  • Resume

 Contact the MPA director at sara.rinfret@umontana.edu with any questions.

A person holding a baccalaureate degree from any accredited college or university is eligible to apply for the micro-credential. To apply, please submit the required application form online (with a $35 application fee).

  • An official transcript(s) of previous college work (undergraduate degree), a 3.0 or higher GPA is expected (send to ben.hamman@mso.umt.edu)

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis (for fall, spring, and semesters). We encourage applicants to apply at least one full semester in advance. Students can apply their coursework towards the MPA upon completion of the certificate if they are in good standing within the program (3.0 or higher). Contact the MPA Director (sara.rinfret@umontana.edu) with questions.