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Admissions Requirements

Candidates for admission to the M.P.A. program must satisfy the general admission requirements for graduate study at Long Island University.

Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and an acceptable record in undergraduate and other studies reflected in official transcripts of all colleges and universities attended.

Full Matriculation Requirements

Full matriculation indicates that the student meets all the requirements for admission in the degree program.

These requirements are:

  • Official transcript reflecting award of a baccalaureate degree or the successful completion of another master's degree, both with a GPA of 3.0 or above.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Clearly written statement with application indicating desire for admission and professional growth.

Limited Matriculation Requirements

A student whose undergraduate cumulative grade point average is between 2.5 and 2.99 may be granted limited matriculation. To be reclassified as full matriculant, the student must furnish all necessary documentation, complete 12 credits with a grade of B or higher in each course, and demonstrate oral and written English communication skills.

A student with an undergraduate GPA below 2.5, but who has strong letters of recommendation and an expanded statement submitted with the application indicating desire for admission and personal growth, will be reviewed on an individual basis, and may or may not be accepted into the program.

The expanded statement must be in the form of an essay, and must describe the applicant's accomplishments, explain the low GPA, and offer other justifications for admission. The review may include a personal interview with the Program Director.