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Admissions and Eligibility

Admissions and Eligibility

The International Master of Public Administration (I-MPA) is designed for students who display strong academic prowess, demonstrate an interest in public and international affairs and are fluent in English and proficient in Mandarin. Applicants must hold the equivalent of a four-year undergraduate degree in the US at the time of enrollment.

Successful applicants to the I-MPA program must possess at least a 3.0 grade point average in their undergraduate studies. Students need to submit Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Testing System (IELTS) scores to be considered. Proficiency in Mandarin can be demonstrated through nationality, academic major or on a case-by-case basis.

Application deadlines

The first step toward earning your I-MPA at Penn is completing the online application. Your application portfolio, including all transcripts, must be received by the following deadlines:

Fall 2018 admission
Priority deadline April 1, 2018
Regular deadline May 15, 2018

Classes start with the first semester on August 28, 2018, and finish at the end of the second semester on May 14, 2019.

Applications for the I-MPA program are accepted on a rolling basis. Early consideration is given to students who submit their application by the priority deadline. Candidates under serious consideration are invited to interview with a member of the Admissions Committee via Skype or in person, when possible. Applications are managed by the College of Liberal and Professional Studies administrative and advisory staff. If you have any questions about the application process, you can contact our program team by e-mail at any time.

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IMPA Financial Aid

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