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The Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy & Administration graduate program admissions criteria are designed to identify highly qualified applicants who can benefit from and make a distinct contribution to the instructional, research, and service activities of the school. We seek applicants who show promise of constructive involvement with faculty, staff, and other students in instruction, research, and public service. Biden School admissions also consider your potential for successful completion of your graduate program and contribution in your subsequent academic or professional career.
We seek students with a mix of interests, backgrounds, and areas of competence to contribute to the diverse Biden School community. In considering applications, the admissions committee for each of the degree programs is guided by a wide spectrum of criteria. The relative emphasis placed on specific criteria depends upon which degree program is being considered.
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Successful masters applicants have undergraduate grade point indexes above 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). In addition, the quality and extent of previous related work or volunteer experience, and the motivation to pursue a professional career in public service or disaster science and management (depending upon the program to which you have applied), are particularly important. We look for a good fit between your interests and our programs.
The Biden School accepts IELTS and TOEFL scores as indicated on the Graduate Admissions Test Score website: Grad Admissions Test Scores
The Biden School of Public Policy & Administration reserves the right to reject any application for admission. Meeting admission criteria may not necessarily result in admission, nor are those who fail to meet all of these criteria necessarily precluded from admission if they offer other appropriate strengths.