Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted and reviewed for admission on a rolling basis but are due no later than:

  • Fall semester: March 1 for funding consideration/July 1 all applications
  • Spring semester: November 1

Application to the MPA program may be made for the fall or spring semester; the Executive MPA program admits students only once a year for the fall semester.


All applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. To apply, please submit:

  1. Official transcripts showing all coursework and degrees from all undergraduate and graduate institutions.*
  2. Official results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), received directly from the Educational Testing Service. We accept law school (LSAT) or business school (GMAT) exam results instead of the GRE, however, all results must be submitted within three years of the test date. The graduate school test requirement may be waived for:
    1. applicants holding a graduate degree,
    2. B.A./M.P.A. applicants matriculating on the Rutgers-Camden campus, and
    3. applicants with three or more years of relevant professional experience.
  3. Three letters of recommendation.
  4. A  statement regarding the applicant’s personal and professional goals and experience. (This statement should be prepared carefully since it weighs heavily in admissions considerations.) 
  5. A current résumé.
  6. A completed online application. Included in the application must be the application form, the required application fee ($70.00), and all supplemental information requested on the application, as outlined above.

Applications must be submitted online at the Rutgers Admissions website:   

Please note the program selection directs your application. Scroll to the section labeled “The Graduate School – Camden” and select the appropriate Semester on the right-hand side, ensure you select the Camden Campus program:

Program 56834: MPA on-campus program
Program 56831: Executive MPA program (West Windsor)
Program 56834N Non-matriculating (not pursuing a degree – limited admission)

*Official transcripts should be sent electronically to Rutgers-Camden Graduate Admissions. If transcripts not sent electronically, the official transcripts in a sealed envelope may be mailed to Rutgers-Camden Graduate Admissions, 406 Penn St, Camden, NJ 08102


Limited Admission with Non-matriculated Status

The Department accepts a limited number of students on a non-matriculated basis. To apply for non-matriculated enrollment status, an applicant must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, and must submit:

  1. Official transcripts showing all coursework and degree(s) from all undergraduate and graduate institutions.
  2. A written statement listing personal and professional goals and why he or she is applying for non-matriculating status.
  3. A current résumé.
  4. A completed online application for Non-matriculated (non-degree) Graduate Study, and a check for the required application fee.
  5. Three letters of recommendation.

Also, applicants should indicate the courses in which they intend to enroll. (Note: Non-matriculated students may not enroll in more than two courses per semester and no more than a total of four 3-credit courses. It is the student’s responsibility to keep track of this requirement.)

A student who has been rejected for regular admission may apply to enroll in courses on a non-matriculated basis after one year from the date of rejection.

No student will be approved to take classes on a non-matriculated basis unless his or her application has been received by July 1 for the fall semester, or by November 1 for the spring semester.

Applicants who are accepted as non-matriculated students may only enroll in core courses and may take no more than 12 credits overall. Questions concerning admission should be directed to the MPA Graduate Director.