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Master of Public Administration (MPA) Application

The Departmental Information Form (DIF) informs members of the MPA Admissions Committee about your professional, academic and extracurricular experience, and your career aspirations.

Candidate Information


Middle Initial:

Last Name:

Mailing Address:
Zip Code:
Home Phone(please include area code)
Alternate Phone:
E-Mail Address(this will be used to send you information about your application)

Professional Status

Current Status (check all that apply):
Employed Full Time
Employed Part Time
Part Time Student
Full Time Student

Military Status

(check what applies to you):
Active Duty-Currently Serving
Veteran-Previously Served
Guard or Reserve
Vocational Rehab
Dates of U.S. Military Service:
No Military

Work Title and Address(if applicable)

Position Title:
Agency / Firm / Organization:
Location (city and state):
Work Phone:

Other Information

For scheduling purposes, please provide the following information:
Branch Campus at which you plan to take the majority of your courses if admitted: Kalamazoo Lansing Battle Creek
The area of concentration you plan to pursue if admitted:

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Please submit your current resume by cutting and pasting in the box provided or sending it as an attachment. The resume must include your educational background and the positions you have held over the past ten years. Indicate the title of each position, the agency or firm by which you were employed, and the duration of each employment.  You are encouraged to supplement the resume with additional materials (e.g. awards or accomplishments, commendations, letters of recommendation, etc.) that provide the Admissions Committee with essential information about you and your interest in the MPA program. Individuals who have not distinguished themselves academically in their post-secondary education are especially encouraged to submit evidence of work-related achievement.


Each applicant must provide responses to both of the essay questions in the box provided or them as an attachment. Consider carefully your answers to both of the following two questions. The Admissions Committee members read them to assess your ability to express yourself clearly and concisely, to utilize proper grammar and punctuation, and to present your thoughts in a logical manner. Please restrict your answers to two (2) typewritten pages.

1. Describe an experience that influenced your career choice.
2. Explain why you would like to earn a Master of Public Administration degree.