Saint Louis University

Advances in technology, complex social issues, and the changes in public demands create the need for highly skilled and creative administrators in the public and private sectors.

Public Policy Studies at Saint Louis University is committed to excellence in education and research to address these challenges.

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Application Deadline for Beginning Term The Application Package Apply Online
Fall: July 1 (International: May 1) Transcript(s); Three (3) Letters of Recommendation; *GRE G or GMAT or LSAT scores; Resume; Professional Goal Statement; Interview (desired)

*-If you are applying to the Masters in Social Work (MSW)-MPA dual degree program, you are not required to take the GRE.

(Advantages of the web application)
Spring: Nov. 1 (International: Oct. 1)
Summer: No admittance
Tel. No.: 314.977.7108
Chair: Ellen Carnaghan, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator: James Gilsinan, Ph.D.

Assistantship Application Deadline:
February 1

Required Additional Application Materials for International Students

Check our English Proficiency Policy page for specific TOEFL and IELTS score requirements. You may also visit our international prospects, applicants and students page for more information about international application requirements.

For International Applicants, Saint Louis University has partnered with International Skill Verification Services (ISVS) to interview applicants from the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, India, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam. Your participation in the ISVS International Study Candidate Assessment Process (ISCAP) will enable us to provide greater consistency in evaluations and deliver faster and more efficient response times for admissions and scholarship decisions. SLU, therefore, strongly suggests that all applicants from the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, India, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam register and complete the ISCAP. The ISCAP interview and writing assignment is conducted online. You many participate in the ISCAP using a recent laptop computer from any private place with a strong Internet connection.

The ISCAP is a guided interview-based process that requires no specific preparation. It is designed to give universities a better sense of your spoken English and ad hoc English writing skills, as well as give you the opportunity to powerfully share who you are with us. Please visit the ISVS website for more information and to schedule your interview.

Applicant Criteria

  • A committee examines and reviews the applicant and application wholly.
  • An above-average GPA
  • A review of GRE or GMAT or LSAT scores
  • A review of TOEFL scores (for International applicants)

Public Policy Studies Application Review Process: Applications are reviewed by committee of Public Policy Studies Dept. faculty members

Credit Hours/Coursework: The 36 to 39 hour program requires 18 credit hours of course work, i.e. administrative law, economics, issues in public administration, organization behavior, public budgeting, research methods. It also requires 18 credit hours of electives and a three-hour internship for those with limited professional experience. | Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree

Program Description: This program is designed for mid-career public sector professionals and pre-service students interested in preparing themselves for careers in the public or nonprofit sectors at the national, state and local levels. The program's primary objective is to provide its graduates with proficiency in management principles and techniques, research and evaluation skills, and the identification and analysis of individual and institutional values as they relate to social, economic and political behavior.

Careers Possibilities: Graduates of our programs work in a variety of settings in the public, private, and non-governmental sectors. Many alumni are employed by municipalities in the St. Louis metropolitan region. Others have worked for the St. Louis Community Development Agency, Regional Justice Information Service, U.S. Small Business Administration, investment companies, private developers and planning firms, foundations, community organizations and in the health care arena. Additionally, the Department's roots in the St. Louis region provide a network of alumni to assist students with internships and career development. | Career Services

Curriculum & Program Details: The Master of Arts in Public Administration is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NAASPA) and designed for those seeking to serve in public, private, and not for profit agencies.

About the Public Policy Studies -- Core Faculty: Faculty in the Department of Public Policy Studies are outstanding teachers, nationally recognized researchers and dedicated practitioners. Our faculty members hold degrees in economics, policy analysis, political science, public administration, sociology, and urban planning. In addition to our core faculty, we have faculty members from the Schools of Business, Law, Public Health, Social Service, and from the Departments of Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.

Scholarships & Financial Aid: Graduate students may be eligible for departmental tuition remission grants or fellowships and research assistantships with tuition remission and stipends. Intra-university research and administrative grants are also available. These provide both tuition remission and a stipend and are available through the recommendation of the Chairperson of the Department of Public Policy Studies. Those interested in pursuing such grants should apply through the Department of Public Policy Studies. | Student Financial Services at SLU

Program Highlights:  There are many opportunities for students to be engaged in community-based projects due to the department's wide-ranging affiliations. Students and faculty also have many opportunities to interact and exchange ideas through the department's student planning organization, annual one-day retreat, and research colloquia with presentations by scholars from Saint Louis University and beyond. Also, department faculty and students have been involved in over $9 million of funded research including projects for the United States Department of Labor, the United States Department of Education, the Brookings Institute, and a variety of regional, state, and local public and private entities. | Public Policy Studies Resources | Geographic Informations Systems Laboratory