Public service offers a career charged with excitement, challenge and significance. Opportunities are numerous, ranging from positions in local, state, national and international agencies to those in health institutions and nonprofit organizations. Public service leaders and executives have a great opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in solving the most important leadership and community challenges facing these organizations in an increasingly complex, changing world.
The Bloch School’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) provides a top-notch education in policy development, administrative practices, ethics, and other vital aspects of public service management. Kansas City provides an exceptional setting for the MPA program. Rich in the number of federal regional offices, Kansas City is known nationally for excellence in local government. You will also find many unique public service and health service agencies that can become laboratories for learning.
The Bloch MPA provides the ideal combination of academic knowledge and professional expertise. Our nationally recognized faculty all have doctoral degrees as well as extensive real-world experience in their respective fields. Classes are offered during the evenings and on weekends so you can work as you learn.
You may apply to and begin the MPA program in any semester. Our priority deadlines are the following:
Fall: May 1
Spring: October 1
Summer: March 1
Notes: You are encouraged to apply by the priority deadlines, but we do offer rolling admissions. However, if your completed application is not received by a semester's priority deadline we cannot guarantee admission for that semester.
For students seeking admission to the MPA program, the following application materials are required:
UMKC Office of Admissions
120 Administrative Center
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499
- An official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score.
To see score ranges for admitted students, click here
- While the GRE is preferred, our admissions committee will also consider scores from the GMAT, LSAT and PCAT exams. Your test score cannot be more than five years old at the time of admission to the program. Scores will be considered official if deemed official by the UMKC office originally receiving the score.
If you have a prior master's degree, you will be asked to provide a GRE, GMAT, LSAT or PCAT score. The five year time limit does not apply if you have earned a prior master's degree at the time of admission to the program.
- International students should start the process with UMKC’s International Student Affairs Office.
- If you are not exempt from the TOEFL requirement (see the list on the ISAO web site) , a minimum TOEFL score of 550 paper/213 computer/ 79-80 internet is required for international applicants. An IELTS score of 6.0 or higher will be accepted in lieu of the TOEFL.
- TOEFL waivers are not granted.
To be admitted, students must meet the following requirements:
Achieve a total of 190 points using the formula GRE Verbal Percentile + GRE Quantitative Percentile + GRE Analytical Writing Percentile + [(Cumulative UG GPA (on 4.0 scale) - 2.0) x 50]; scores in each section of the GRE must be at or above the 10th percentile.
Applicants with a GMAT score must achieve a total of 190 point using the formula GMAT Verbal Percentile + GMAT Quantitative Percentile + GMAT Analytical Writing Percentile + [(Cumulative UG GPA (on 4.0 scale) - 2.0) x 50]; scores in each section of the GMAT must be at or above the 10th percentile.
Test scores must be less than five years old at the time of consideration for admission.
Faculty will also consider LSAT and PCAT scores. Exam scores must be at or above the 50th percentile in each section of the test. These scores must also be less than five years old at the time of consideration for admission.
Applicants with a prior masters degree will be asked to provide an admission test score (GRE, GMAT, LSAT or PCAT). The five year time limit will not apply to these scores. Additionally, unofficial score results will be accepted.
Bloch School reviews completed applications in the order received and will inform you of admission committee decisions in writing, mailed to your address. You should allow 2-4 weeks from when the completed application is received by Bloch until there is a decision from the committee.
- Letters of recommendation: none are required as part of the application process.
- In order to be given financial aid/scholarships, you must be admitted to UMKC as a degree-seeking student. The priority deadline for financial aid is March 1, which means you should apply early in order to be considered for the best possible aid package.
- Transfer credit: we will accept up to six (6) credit hours applicable to your program and completed with distinction at an accredited institution. An official transcript must be supplied. All transfer credit is approved by your academic advisor during your first semester.
- Tuition: The UMKC Metro Rate (in-state tuition) is available to graduate students who are residents of the following Kansas counties: Atchison, Douglas, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami, Osage, Shawnee and Wyandotte. Part time domestic students in the traditional MBA program (which means one class (3 credit hours) to two classes (6 credit hours) in fall and spring semesters, and one class in summer semester), you will pay in-state tuition regardless of your residency.* To view the UMKC tuition and fee schedule, click here.
For more about the Bloch School’s MPA program, click here.
To request a packet of information about this degree program, click here.
Provisional admission to the MPA program
If your undergraduate cumulative grade point average is 3.25 or above, but you have not taken the GRE, you may be admitted provisionally for one semester. Provisionally admitted students are restricted to certain core MPA classes and are limited to a maximum of nine hours of course work. (Your cumulative GPA includes all attempts at all undergraduate coursework.)
You must supply a written statement with your application notifying the admissions committee of your intent to apply provisionally.
Normal admission requirements for the MPA must still be met even if provisional admission is granted. Provisional admission does not change the MPA admission requirements, it merely allows you additional time to take the GRE. If you take the GRE after the recommended dates, your registration for subsequent semesters, as well as progress toward your degree, may be delayed.
The GRE exam should be completed prior to the fourth week of the semester to ensure receipt of official scores before the end of the term. Students provisionally admitted in summer should plan to take the exam within the first two week of the term.
If you do not meet the above admission requirements, you may be considered for admission due to exceptional circumstances. You must provide written supporting evidence with your application. Provisional admission is very competitive due to the limited number of students who can be admitted in this fashion.
The BA (Urban Studies)/MPA Program
Students obtaining a BA in Urban Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at UMKC may pursue early admission to the master's degree program in public administration and obtain a master's degree in one additional year. The program allows students to utilize some of the MPA courses to satisfy Urban Studies requirements, thereby reducing the number of courses needed to complete both degrees. Students interested in this option should contact Dr. David Renz in the Bloch School.
The BBA/MPA Program
Students completing the bachelor of business administration at UMKC may complete their MPA degree in one additional year (three semesters). For more information about this option, contact the Bloch School Student Services Office. Please note that this program is available to UMKC undergraduate students only, and must be started while you are still working on your undergraduate degree.
Combined JD/MPA Program
The Bloch School and the UMKC School of Law offer a combined JD/MPA program. Students must satisfy the admissions and degree requirements for each school.
- All of the materials required for admission to the MPA program (listed above) must be submitted.
- You may use your LSAT score in lieu of a GRE score. Please contact Adela Fleming in the School of Law and ask her to send a copy of your score to the Bloch Student Services Office.
Click here for detailed information about this combined degree program.
Please email Bloch with any questions.