MPM Admissions Requirements


With an MPM degree from a top-ranked university in Public Affairs by US News & World Report, you'll be highly coveted in this competitive field. No other school can match our world class faculty and intensive policy, technology, analytics and management coursework.

We're looking for applicants who have demonstrated leadership potential and professional competence. In order to be eligible for admission to the MPM program, candidates must meet the following criteria: 

  • Undergraduate degree. You must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited university in the United States or its equivalent abroad.
  • Work Experience. Students in the MPM program typically have at least three (3) years of professional work experience prior to their first semester in the program.
  • Quantitative Methods Course. Following admission to the program, and prior to taking classes, all admitted students must successfully complete the Heinz College online Quantitative Methods course (there is no tuition charged for the course). The course will provide a foundation in Advanced Algebra, Probability and Statistics in a self-paced, 6 module format. The time needed to complete the online course will depend upon one’s level of experience with the concepts covered. Estimated time of completion will range from 1 – 4 hours per module. Students who have taken courses in pre-calculus algebra (in college or high school) are better prepared to succeed in the Quantitative Methods course. Admitted students with significant quantitative experience may choose to test out of the course.

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Application Deadlines

Part-time Students

Applications are accepted year-round for either start date. The MPM admissions committee reviews complete applications on a rolling basis. Applicants are encouraged to submit the required materials at their earliest convenience (no later than the deadlines listed below). You'll be notified of the committee's decision approximately 3-5 weeks after your complete application (all required materials) has been received and processed, regardless of the time of year. (International student admitted to the part-time track are not eligible for I-20 sponsorship through Carnegie Mellon.)

To begin in:

Apply by:

August July 1*
January November 1*

 MPM: Part-time Application Requirements


Full-time Students

International and U.S. candidates applying to the full-time track can only begin the program in the fall semester (August start). The application deadline is January 10. Applications submitted after the deadline will be considered at the discretion of the Admissions Committee. Applicants will be notified of the admission decision by March 15. (Once admitted, International students in the full-time track will be required to submit sufficient financial support and biographical documentation in order to receive an I-20 document from Carnegie Mellon.)

To begin in: Apply by:
August January 10*

MPM: Full-time Application Requirements


* We will continue to accept applications after the deadline. The application system will remain open as long as space remains in the incoming class.

Supporting materials can arrive after the deadline; applications are reviewed once all required materials have been received.

Certain scholarship awards may be limited for applications received after the deadline.

Please contact the office of admissions if you are interested in submitting an application after the published deadline.