For doctoral applicants, emphasis is placed on achievements in prior graduate work. The average cumulative grade point index in previous graduate work for those admitted to the Ph.D. program is 3.5. Admission to the SPPA Ph.D. programs requires a completed master’s degree.
Virtually all successful Urban Affairs and Public Policy doctoral applicants have completed a master’s degree in urban affairs, public policy, or a related field. Successful applicants to the Disaster Science & Management doctoral program have a diverse array of master's degrees, given the inherently interdisciplinary nature of the program.
The admissions committees look for a strong aptitude for research and a close fit with faculty research interests, as well as the potential for academic and professional achievement as indicated by letters of recommendation from those qualified to evaluate the student's capacity to succeed in doctoral study.
Other factors may be taken into account as supplementary indicators in cases where all the main criteria are not met but the candidate shows promise of success in our doctoral program. Among these, research capabilities are of particular importance. Applicants may therefore submit research reports, publications, project reports, and other work demonstrating their academic and professional achievement and scholarly ability. The Ph.D. committee may also consider the overall pattern of academic performance at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and GRE scores.