The MPA Program welcomes applicants who hold baccalaureate degrees from accredited institutions. Admission to the MPA Program is based on an assessment of an applicant's ability, aptitude and potential.
Our program operates on the basis of a rolling admissions policy; therefore, applications are accepted and reviewed at any time of year. In addition to meeting the general requirements for admission to a degree program at West Chester University, applicants must submit:
- Official Application Form
- Official academic transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, demonstrating the achievement of an undergraduate GPA of 3.0. Students who do not meet this requirement may be considered for provisional status. Provisional students will be required to earn a grade of B+ or higher in their first two courses and enroll in PPA 512 Communications for Public Administrators in the student's first semester that it's offered.
- Goal statement of short-term and long-term career objectives (see the Admissions tab on the FAQs Page for more information)
- Recommendations from two current or former supervisors who can attest to the applicant's management potential (applicants will provide email addresses for these recommenders within the application - no need to submit letters)
All application materials are to be submitted to the The Graduate School using the online application process. After all required information has been received, it will be reviewed by the PPA department and a recommendation regarding admission will be made to the Dean of the Graduate School. Students will be notified of admissions decisions by the Graduate Admissions office.
Graduate assistantships are awarded each year to highly qualified students. Availability varies yearly and the process is competitive; therefore applicants should not plan their academic program assuming they will receive an assistantship. You must be a fully matriculated, non-provisional student in order to be considered for a graduate assistantship. For more information click here.
Requirements and Eligibility
A graduate assistantship is an opportunity to work on campus in a research or service-oriented capacity in order to gain valuable work experience in higher education or an academic field and earn a tuition waiver and stipend. Applicants should their interest in an assistantship on the electronic application for admission. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note that a graduate assistantship requires the student to demonstrate both satisfactory performance in meeting assigned hours, dates and responsibilities, as well as good academic standing (minimum GPA of 3.0). Students awarded graduate assistantships who fail to meet these requirements will have their assistantships revoked or will not have them renewed. This policy includes courses taken during summer sessions.
These graduate assistantships are named after Frederick Douglass, a great nineteenth-century American abolitionist and writer and a frequent visitor to West Chester. Douglass gave his last public lecture at West Chester Normal School on February 1, 1895.
Applicants with excellent academic credentials may apply for these assistantships. Efforts are made to appoint qualified candidates from historically underrepresented and underserved populations who have leadership experiences in their backgrounds or as part of their academic goals. This consideration is in keeping with the spirit of Douglass' life of public service and the University's mission to be a source of encouragement to the African American, Native American, Hispanic American and Asian American communities.
Students with Frederick Douglass graduate assistantships serve the Frederick Douglass Institute. These are full-time (20 hours per week) assistantships that provide a tuition waiver and a $5,000 stipend for the academic year. The awards are made on an annual basis and are renewable for a second year. Students may use these assistantships to pursue an advanced degree in one of the University's graduate programs. Interested individuals with excellent credentials should contact The Graduate School.
The Institute for Women at West Chester University offers an annual grant of $750 to a female graduate student who is accepted into a master's degree program at West Chester University. The award is based on high academic achievement; evidence of potential for contribution to the applicant's field of study; a record of leadership in school, community, church, or other setting; and evidence of service to others. Applications, including reference forms, are available from The Graduate School. Completed materials must be submitted by March 15th. Only students who have filed all required admission credentials and plan to enroll for a minimum of six graduate credits are eligible.