To be admitted to either of these programs, students must demonstrate that they have the academic preparation and ability to handle the highly demanding and diverse curriculum. The typical student will have an undergraduate GPA in the 3.3 to 4.0 range, and combined quantitative and qualitative GRE scores of 1200 to 1500. Applicants must demonstrate, through undergraduate coursework or standardized test scores, that they possess the ability to handle the quantitative elements of the curriculum. (A free Math Refresher course is offered for students whose quantitative skills may be rusty.)
The School welcomes students from nearly every undergraduate major, and from across the nation and around the world. Unlike applicants to the MPM program who must possess at least five years of professional policy/management related experience, applicants to the MPP program need not have any prior professional experience, though such experience enhances their application.