MPA Requirements

Applicants to the Master of Public Administration Program must hold a bachelor's degree from an institution accredited by one of the regional accrediting agencies, with an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.

How to Apply

  1. Please visit the web pages of the Office of Graduate Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to request additional information, view application deadlines or to begin your online application.
  2. Contact Dr. Christine Palus, the Program Director, at or 610-519-8901 to discuss your interest in doing graduate work.
  3. Applicants to both the Degree Program and the Certificate Programs should submit the following materials:
    • Application for admission online.
    • Application fee: $50 payable by credit card online. The fee is waived for students with a Villanova degree.
    • Transcripts: Step 1 - You may upload unofficial copies of your transcripts in the online application in order to receive an admission decision. However, those who are offered admission must complete the following process in order to enroll. Step 2- Official transcripts of all previous college work undergraduate (and graduate where applicable), must be sent directly from your registrar's office to the Office of Graduate Studies at Villanova. (Applicants in their last year of undergraduate study who have not completed their bachelor’s degree should provide a transcript of all courses completed at the time of application, and submit an official transcript when the undergraduate degree is completed.)
    • Three Letters of Recommendation: Please use the online application.
    • Graduate Record Examination: Applicants who have three years working experience involving relevant administrative experience, or who already have a master's or doctoral degree, may ask the MPA Director to waive the GRE requirement. Please note that GRE scores from tests taken more than five years before the date of application will not be accepted. Students who wish to be considered for tuition scholarships are required to take the GRE scores.
    • A two-page statement explaining career objectives.
    • A resume.


Katie Schneider
Senior Administrative Assistant
Department of Political Science
Villanova University
Villanova, PA 19085-1699
Phone: 610.519.4710
Fax: 610.519.7487