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Public Administration, Pre-Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #201 (ARWU) Richmond, IN, United States
The Public Administration course offered by the Virginia Commonwealth University is designed for students who have completed a bachelor’s degree, but need additional academic and/or English support to gain entry to a master’s degree program. 

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Overview

Upon successful completion of the the Public Administration course offered by the Virginia Commonwealth University and all additional requirements, students will earn 12 credits and directly enter their master’s degree program at Virginia Commonwealth University.

The L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs is a creative, interdisciplinary grouping of programs in the social sciences and professional arenas that provides students with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary for success in public service.

About the MPA program

The M.P.A. program at the Wilder School equips students with skills in public management and policy analysis. Our graduates pursue careers at nonprofits and federal, state and local governments, as well as for-profit organizations that cooperate with the public sector.

Programme Structure

Program benefits:
  • VCU student from day one
  • No GRE required for admission
  • Receive academic credits toward your VCU degree
  • Small class sizes and additional student support provided

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    80

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores and has provided a recommended score range.

    Recommended Verbal Reasoning score:

    156

    Recommended Quantitative Reasoning score:

    146

    The recommended range represents scores typically accepted at this institution. Scores outside the range may still be considered.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • Graduate direct entry requirements vary depending on the academic and English language qualification results achieved.
  • All applications are reviewed individually against the entry criteria for each program listed. All applications are subject to final University departmental review and approval.
  • VCU admissions reserves the right to request additional documentation if necessary for review. Students are required to submit all official transcripts from postsecondary institutions attended beyond high school whether they are seeking credit transfer or not. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24570 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24570 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    24570 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24570 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Richmond

  • 871 - 1410 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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