Master of Public Administration – How to Apply

If you are considering applying to FAU, we recommend reading through each of the steps, and the detailed explanation of each step before starting with the application process.

Applying for the Master of Public Administration degree consists of these steps:

  1. Carefully read the admission requirements. Do not apply if you have not successfully completed (C or better) an undergraduate statistics course (equivalent to FAU STA 2023).

  2. Take the GRE if your GPA (of the last 60 hours of undergraduate study) is less than 3.25 on a 4.0 scale.

  3. Prepare the documents (resume, essay) and ensure you can get 3 letters of recommendation. Once the three recommenders have been identified, the applicant must enter the recommenders’ names and contact information into the FAU online application system, and then an email requesting a letter of recommendation will automatically be sent to each recommender from the FAU Graduate College. Each recommender will login to the FAU online application system to submit her/his letter. (Do not have the recommenders send their letters directly to the MPA coordinator or the graduate advisor for the College for Design and Inquiry.)

  4. Complete the Application

    You must submit your application online and all application materials must be submitted together with your application. Only the contact information of the 3 recommenders needs to be entered by the applicant via the online application. The recommenders will upload their letters to the online system.

  5. Send Your Transcripts

    Request that an official transcript from the registrar of each U.S. college or university (except FAU) you have attended (including all post-secondary institutions, even dual enrollment) be sent to you or directly to Florida Atlantic University, Graduate College, SU 80, Room 101, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431-0991. Please allow 1-2 weeks after request for the Graduate College to receive. The official transcript must show the undergraduate statistics course you completed. If you receive the official transcript, do not open the envelope, and include it unopened in your materials packet. If FAU was your last school attended and you were a degree-seeking student, it is likely that your transcripts are on record. You will be notified if they are not.

    All international applicants whose transcripts are from non-U.S. institutions must have their credentials evaluated course by course, including the GPA, by a professional evaluation service. A service may be found at

    Mail the official transcripts to

    Florida Atlantic University
    Graduate College, SU-80, Room 101
    777 Glades Road
    Boca Raton, Florida 33431

    For informatiion on transcripts for international students, please contact the Graduate Admissions office at 561-297-3624 or 1-800-299-4FAU.

  6. Submit Test Results

    An international student is required to achieve a minimum score of 550 (CBT-213) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

  7. Enclose Application Fee

    The application fee of $30 must be in U.S. currency. Fee can be paid by credit card, check, or money order. Check or money order should be made payable to Florida Atlantic University and must be drawn on a U.S. bank; U.S. postal money orders, international money orders or U.S. traveler’s checks are acceptable.

  8. Stay In Touch With Us

    Place all documents together in one envelope and return to:

    Florida Atlantic University, Graduate Admissions, SU 80, RM. 101
    777 Glades Road
    P.O. Box 3091
    Boca Raton, FL 33431-0991

    Staying in contact with the Admissions Office will help us serve your needs throughout the application and enrollment process.

    • or call us:
    • Main telephone number: (561) 297-3040
    • Fax number: (561) 297-2758

For any questions regarding the Master of Public Administration degree program, please contact Dr. Robin Larson (Program Coordinator,

For questions about advising, please contact the College Advising Center at 561-297-2316.