GRE not required for MPA or MPFM
In preparation for the MPA program, students should have taken at least a college level microeconomics course (ECO 201 at UK, or equivalent). The economics course may be completed in the first semester of the program; however, it will not count towards your MPA degree. Students also need to demonstrate ability to succeed in the program’s quantitative economics and statistics courses. Such evidence may come from success in quantitative undergraduate courses – at least a college algebra course (MA 109 at UK, or equivalent) – or from quantitative scores on the GRE (if provided). The MPP program requires calculus, micro-economics, and statistics. The MPFM does not have any prerequistites.
The admissions process is competitive. When considering MPA applicants, we look for applicants with strong performance in a rigorous course of undergraduate study. We also look for interest in public administration, management and leadership which may be demonstrated through relevant undergraduate courses, work or volunteer experience. In addition, we consider evidence that you will succeed throughout the curriculum, including in the program’s quantitative courses in economics and statistics. Such evidence may come from success in quantitative undergraduate courses or from quantitative scores on the GRE (if provided). The MPFM program concentrates coursework on public financial management matters including governmental/nonprofit accounting and auditing courses not included in the MPA. We look for students with a strong undergraduate history and we also consider work history as a part of the applicaition. Offered 100% online, the MPFM is suitiable for those students seeking graduate education in the public budgeting/finance field while juggling work, family, and other responsibilities. The MPP program is designed for those students with an interest in research positions and/or interest in pursuing a Ph.D. program in a related field of study.
Martin School scholarships and assistantships are awarded on a highly competitive basis. If you wish to apply for such scholarships, please email the Student Affairs Officer, Rebecca Meeks for more information.