Decisions for admission to the MPA program are not based on a single factor. Your overall profile is considered. Included in the criteria are:
- Prior academic performance.
- Related work, professional, or volunteer experience.
- Personal statement.
- Recommendations (professional and/or academic).
- Standardized test scores are helpful in the admission decision; however, they are not required for everyone. If you have less than three years of relevant work, professional, or volunteer experience, or less than a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) in your undergraduate degree, a GMAT or GRE taken within the previous five years will be required.
- Personal interview, if requested.
- International applicants must submit proof of English proficiency via successful completion of the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE-Academic. Visit the International Students page for full details.
Want to "test drive" the program before applying? Consider taking a couple courses through the CAPS Program. Courses taken in the CAPS program will count toward your MPA degree requirements after acceptance.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Scholarships and Fellowships
All admitted students are automatically considered for merit-based financial aid awards (including scholarships and fellowships) upon application. Merit awards are based on undergraduate GPA. Applicants should submit their complete applications by preferred deadlines to ensure consideration.
There are three main sources of financial aid available to students – Suffolk University, the federal government, and private sources.
- Suffolk University and private agencies/organizations award scholarships, grants, and loans to students in need.
- Federal programs include low-interest loans and student employment programs for US citizens.
- International students are eligible for campus employment programs.
- International students are not eligible for federal aid from the US government.
- Suffolk University and the MPA program offer tuition assistance for veterans through the Yellow Ribbon Program.
- Tuition assistance is also available for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers through Suffolk's Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program.
Contact the Office of the Bursar for more information
Things to remember:
- For financial aid consideration, make sure you have completed your FASFA and fill out a Suffolk University Financial Aid Application by April 1st
- Make your $200 deposit payment to the Bursar's Office;
Instructions and deadlines can be found in your acceptance package
- Fill out the health & immunization forms (need doctors signature) and send to Health & Wellness Services
- Accept or Waive the University Health Insurance Plan
Contact Health & Wellness Services for more information
- Complete Federal Loan Entrance Exams online, if any have been granted;
Contact Financial Aid for more information
- Send final Academic Transcripts by deadline listed in your acceptance package
- Arrange off-campus housing, if necessary (See the OCHO Database for roommate and apartment listings)
- Class registration online via Campus Cruiser;
Contact your Academic Advisor and plan your schedule;
You will receive a blue folder with advisor and registration information
- Pay tuition to the Bursar's Office
- Get books, see the Suffolk University Bookstore website to rent, preorder, or get the ISBN numbers for your textbooks
- Attend the Sawyer Business School Graduate Orientation
- Attend the Institute for Public Service Networking Event to kick off the semester!