Admission to the M.P.P. and the Ph.D. programs is competitive. Applicants are required to submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test, and should have an excellent academic record.
Admission decisions are based on the match between the program and applicant’s interests, academic record, GRE test results, and recommendations from professors (preferred) or others who can speak to the potential for success in graduate school.
Applicants to the M.P.P. should have, or be nearing completion of a bachelor’s degree. For the Ph.D. program, many successful applicants have a master’s degree or the equivalent, but applications to the Ph.D. program without a master’s degree are welcome.
The department admits both full and part-time students. Classes are held once a week, at either 4:30 pm or 7:10 pm, allowing students who work full time to enroll in the program.
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Formal Admission to the M.P.P. or Ph.D. Program
- Apply online (preferred) or via a paper application. When you Apply Online, you can create an account, submit your application information and pay the application fee by credit card over a secure Internet connection. Prospective students may also download a paper application, request an application by mail or request an application by phone (410-455-2537). Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online. Online applications are processed more quickly.
- Submit your application form, application fee ($50 for online, $70 for paper), 3 letters of recommendation (at least two from academia), statement of goals, official transcripts, and official GRE scores to the Graduate School (copies will be forwarded to the Department of Public Policy).
- Send a current resume and a research paper directly to the Department of Public Policy.
Deadlines for Formal Admission
M.P.P. – Applications should be received by January 15 for the fall semester, and November 1 for the spring semester, but we will accept M.P.P. applications until all slots are filled
Ph.D. – January 15 only.
International students must apply by January 1 for fall semester, and May 1 for spring semester.
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