Admission Requirements

To apply for admission, students will need to:

  1. Fill out the application form.
  2. Send in all official transcripts (including undergraduate and graduate).
  3. Request a reference form or recommendation from a supervisor or advisor.
  4. Professional Goal Essay. Write two to three pages total, including sections on:
  • Your professional goals.
  • Why you wish to pursue the MPA degree.
  • How the MPA degree will help you achieve your goals and address your passions for public issues or policies.
  • How your education and professional experiences have prepared you for graduate studies in public administration.
  • Why the Dordt U niversity MPA program would be a good fit for you and you would be a good fit for the program.

MATERIALS CAN BE MAILED TO:

Dordt University
Graduate Studies Office 
700 7th Street NE
Sioux Center, IA 51250

TYPES OF ADMISSION

Students may be admitted under one of the following categories:

REGULAR ADMISSION

Regular Admission is granted to all candidates who have met all the admissions criteria. Additional requirements include:

  1. A bachelor’s degree (GPA of 3.0 or higher) from an accredited institution.
  2. Completion of an essay on MPA and career goals
  3. A letter of recommendation addressing the prospective student's suitability for graduate study, especially in public administration. 

    REGISTRATION

    Registrations are accepted after admission is completed.

    TRANSFER OF CREDIT

    Students can transfer a total of six semester hours of graduate work with a minimum of a B grade.

    Note: Courses older than 10 years at the end of a student's Dordt studies will not be accepted for transfer credit.