Admissions Requirements

Students are admitted on a cohort basis. Contact the Doctorate of Public Administration (DPA) Department for more information. Admission to the program is competitive. Students must submit an application portfolio to the DPA Department in addition to the application for graduate admission submitted to the UIS Office of Admissions. The portfolio submitted to the DPA Department must include:

  1. Educational and professional goals statement of at least 600 words, including possible research interests, written by the applicant,
  2. Three letters of recommendation,
  3. At least one sample of professional writing written solely by the applicant, and
  4. Current vita detailing evidence of significant work experience in a public affairs field.

Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to submit GRE scores as part of their portfolios. GRE scores can provide useful information about an applicant’s readiness for program course work.

To be eligible for serious consideration, the application portfolio must also provide evidence of:

  • A completed master’s degree (this is confirmed by providing official transcripts to the UIS Office of Admissions).

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 for all graduate-level work.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • A good fit between the applicant’s educational aspirations, the curricular offerings of the program, and the expertise of the faculty.

  • The quality of the applicant’s previous graduate performance.

  • The applicant’s ability to complete doctoral-level work.

  • Significant professional achievement or promise of significant achievement in a public affairs field.

In some cases, the selection process may include an interview with DPA faculty members.