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We admit students in fall, spring, and summer semesters. Summer admission is for domestic (U.S.) applicants only; International applicants must apply for fall or spring admission.

Application deadlines are August 1 for fall admission, December 1 for spring, and April 1 for summer.

Applications to the MPA Program are submitted through the Graduate School website. All applications must include:

  • Undergraduate transcripts (and, if applicable, graduate transcripts)
  • Resume 
  • Statement of interest that addresses this prompt:
    • In 1-2 single-spaced pages (300-600 words), please share why the MPA degree at UAB is right for you. Address your public service values and motivations, ways you want to make change, and vision for your career after obtaining your MPA degree. If you have prior academic deficiencies, please also address those in this statement.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation that meet the below criteria:
    • If possible, both letters should come from academic references (which may include professors and faculty advisors) and account for your academic performance and commitment. If one or both letters are not from academic references, they must be professional references. These letters must come from someone who was in a supervisory position in which you were their subordinate in either a work or volunteer capacity. They need to list in what capacity they know you (employee, subordinate, volunteer, etc.). Letters from peers, co-workers, friends, etc. are not acceptable.