Admission to the certificate program requires the same application materials as the MPA. This includes a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, a 3.00 overall grade point average and three letters of recommendation. Unlike the MPA degree, a standardized examination such as the GRE is not required. Admission is open to qualified persons without regard to age, physical disability, national origin, race, religion or gender.
In addition to the general requirements specified in the Missouri State University Graduate Catalog, selection is made on the basis of prior academic performance, professional accomplishments, and other indicators of the ability to successfully pursue graduate education and a professional career in public management.
Students who do not meet the normal admission requirements, but who show an indication of high promise, will be considered for probationary admission. The director of the MPA program will define probationary conditions and convey those to the student.