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Review the information below to successfully submit your MPM application

Public Management Application Process


The Master of Public Management (MPM) program has part-time and full-time options allowing you to complete your master's degree at your own pace. The MPM program has been designed for working professionals with three or more years of prior, full-time work experience.

Before you begin your online application, please carefully review the information below regarding the application deadline and requirements.

Application Deadline

There are two part-time application deadlines. To begin classes in August, apply by July 1. To begin classes in January, apply by November 1. The deadline to apply to study on a full-time basis (enrollment begins in August each year) is January 10.

Part-Time Study

Applications for admission are accepted year-round for either start date. The MPM Admissions Committee reviews completed applications on a rolling basis. You'll be notified of the committee's decision approximately three to five weeks after your completed application has been received and processed, regardless of the time of year. International students admitted to the part-time track are not eligible for I-20 sponsorship through Carnegie Mellon University.

Full-Time Study

The application deadline for the full-time track is January 10, and 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.

We will continue to accept applications after the published deadlines, and the application system will remain open as long as space remains in the incoming class. Supporting materials can also arrive after the deadline, and 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.

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Application Checklist


Before you begin the online application process, please carefully review the list of application requirements and admission criteria for the Master of Public Management (MPM) program.

The Admissions Committee takes a holistic approach to reviewing applications, and we will complete the review of your application after we have received all of your application requirements.

Quantitative Methods Course

Following admission to the program, and prior to taking classes, all admitted MPM 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, six-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 one to four 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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Frequently Asked Questions


Didn't find what you were looking for on this page? Check out our Admissions Frequently Asked Questions page for additional information on any of the topics or processes outlined above.

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