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Public Administration & Urban PolicyPh.D. Admission


Admission to the program is conducted once a year; admissions decisions will be made by May 15th. All application materials must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions by March 15th. The decision to admit an applicant to the PAUP program is based on a balanced review of the application package submitted by the prospective student.

Please visit the Office of Graduate Admissions for all application materials. To be considered for admission, applicants must submit the following:

  • Official transcripts of all previous college work.
  • A written statement of interest (1000 word maximum length).
  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation. At least one, and preferably two, of these letters should be from academic sources. In lieu of academic references, you may submit letters from employment supervisors. Please do not submit letters from friends, family, and/or co-workers.
  • All applicants are required to submit an acceptable score on the GRE. Please see the Ph.D. Student Handbook for the minimum required GRE score. There are no waivers to the GRE requirement.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit an acceptable score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). There are no conditional admissions to waive this requirement.

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Financial Assistance

We currently offer three types of financial assistance: Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA), Graduate Research Fellowships (GRF), and Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA). Each type of assistance carries a stipend and in-state tuition waiver.

GRA positions require a twenty hour per week work assignment in the department; assignments are made by the Graduate Program Director and Department Chair; GRA funding is available for a maximum of four years (eight semesters). GRF positions do not carry a work requirement, require the recipient to carry a full class load (nine semester hours), and are available for a maximum of one year (two semesters). GTAs must successfully complete the Graduate Teaching Assistant Instructor Institute (GTAI Institute).

The various types of assistance are highly competitive, and are subject to the availability of funds. Please note that funding is intended to support full-time students, and cannot be combined with full-time outside employment or assistantships from other units within the university. Assistance is typically awarded for an academic year (August through May); summer funding is very limited.

Other forms of financial assistance may be available through the university's Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid.