Admission to Iowa's Master of Public Affairs (MPAff) requires an undergraduate degree in any major and fulfillment of the minimum requirements of the Graduate College. Prospective students should submit complete materials to Graduate Admissions.

Application deadlines

Fall admission

  • Funding is considered on a rolling basis, as funds are available.
  • Completed applications received by January 15th have the best chance at receiving funding.
  • Applications are accepted until:
        July 15 for domestic students
        April 15 for international students

Spring admission

  • Funding is considered on a rolling basis, as funds are available.
  • Completed applications received by November 15th have the best chance at receiving funding.
  • Applications are accepted until December 1st

Apply online and upload all supporting materials:

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A statement of purpose
  • Resume or CV
  • Unofficial academic records/transcripts
  • GRE scores (encouraged but not required)
  • International students without a U.S. degree or whose first language is not English must submit official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS scores before admission and funding decisions can be made.

If you have questions regarding admissions, please contact us:

Anne Nessa
Admissions Coordinator
319-335-0041
anne-nessa@uiowa.edu
Appointments with Anne may be made through Calendly.

MPAff Degree
School of Planning and Public Affairs
The University of Iowa
347 Jessup Hall
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1316
Telephone: 319-335-0032
Fax: 319-335-3330