Admission Requirements for Master of Public Administration

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Master of Public Information

Admission Requirements

  1. Graduate Admissions Application
  2. Application Fee
  3. Official transcript from the baccalaureate degree granting institution
  4. Resume
  5. Writing sample
  6. Two recommendation letters that speak to the student's critical thinking skills, analytical writing skills, and quantitative skills
  7. Official GRE or GMAT scores. Prospective students with several years of full time professional experience and a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher may submit a writing sample in lieu of the GRE or GMAT. The writing sample must demonstrate the student’s critical thinking and analytical writing skills, contain references to empirical information, conceptual frameworks, etc., and include empirical and quantitative driven analysis.

NOTE: Students who are submitting a writing sample in lieu of the GRE or GMAT should send a copy of their writing sample to Dr. Waggener. Writing samples should be submitted at the beginning of the application process as not all writing samples will meet the requirements and students whose writing samples fail to meet the requirements will need time to schedule the GRE or the GMAT prior to the application deadline.

Please submit all materials to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Online Learning Fee

Please see the SHSU Distance Learning Fees page for additional information. These fees are subject to change by the Board of Regents of the Texas State University System.


Academic Advisor

Tamara Waggener

Tamara Waggener

CHSS 496

Graduate Education Support

Office of Graduate Admissions

(Prospective Students)


Office of Graduate Studies

(Current Students & Faculty)



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