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The Mid-Career Master in Public Administration (MC/MPA) Program helps established professionals like you to either take the next step in your career or transition to a leadership role—be it in government or any sector of society where public-minded leaders are making a difference.

What do we look for in our MC/MPA students?

First of all, we look for considerable and meaningful professional work experience. You must have at least seven years of full-time, relevant employment by June 30 of the year you would enroll in the program. Our competitive candidates typically have about 12 years of professional experience.

There are also some key academic criteria you’ll need to meet to be considered for the MC/MPA Program, including:

  • A bachelor's degree. This prerequisite is very rarely waived.
  • GRE or GMAT scores.
    NOTE: If you are applying to the MC/MPA Edward S. Mason Program, you are not required to submit GRE or GMAT scores. 
  • Evidence of fluency in English if it’s not your native language. This is demonstrated by a TOEFL score of at least 600 for the paper-based test or 100 for the internet-based test (with a score of at least 25 in each section) or a minimum band score of 7 on the IELTS, with a score of at least 7 in each section

We also look for strong recommendations from individuals in professional and academic settings who know you well and can provide insight on your qualifications for our program.