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Whether you're 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.

Note: The MPA and certificate programs are full for Fall 2021, and we are now taking applications for Spring 2022. 

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, please submit the required application form online (with a $60 application fee) via the University of Montana’s Graduate School 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:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited university/college
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Official transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation from professors or former employers (not friends or relatives)
  • 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.

We are now taking applications for Spring 2022 and terms after this date. You need:

  • A bachelor’s degree;
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  • Official Transcripts;
  • 3 letters of recommendation by professors or former employers;
  • 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) via the University of Montana’s Graduate School website.

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

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited university/college
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Official transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation from professors or former employers (not friends or relatives)
  • Personal statement (500 words) concerning the applicant's objectives to pursue an MPA/MPH and how you 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.

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 $30 application fee).

Submit the following documents to the Department of Public Administration and Policy:

  1. The application can be completed online at the Graduate School;
  2. An official transcript(s) of previous college work, a 3.0 or higher GPA is expected;
  3. A written statement of about 500 words stating your reasons for seeking the MSW/MPA
  4. Resume

Application deadline is February 1 of any given year and reviewed one time per year. Applications are reviewed by the MPA/MSW Admissions committee.

Once you have made a decision to declare the nonprofit administration minor, you can email Ben Hamman at ben.hamman@umontana.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 $30 application fee)

Submit the following documents to the Department of Public Administration and Policy:

  1. The application can be completed online at the Graduate School;
  2. An official transcript(s) of previous college work, a 3.0 or higher GPA is expected;
  3. 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. There is no specific deadline to apply.

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 $30 application fee)

Submit the following documents to the Department of Public Administration and Policy:

  1. The application can be completed online at the Graduate School;
  2. An official transcript(s) of previous college work, a 3.0 or higher GPA is expected;
  3. 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). Applications are reviewed by the DPAP Admissions committee. Applications should be submitted two months prior to the start of a given semester.

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). The application can be completed online at the Graduate School and requires:

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

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis (for fall, spring, and summer semesters). Applications are reviewed by the MPA Admissions committee.

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). The application can be completed online at the Graduate School and requires:

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

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis (for fall, spring, and summer semesters). Applications are reviewed by the MPA Admissions committee.

Contact Professor Ben Hamman (ben.hamman@umontana.edu).

Contact Professor Ben Hamman (ben.hamman@umontana.edu).

Contact Professor Ben Hamman (ben.hamman@umontana.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.

Contact Professor Ben Hamman (ben.hamman@umontana.edu).