The Dyson College of Arts and Sciences offers an online MPA that caters to both pre-career professionals and working professionals seeking to advance their career, make a career transition, or enhance their administrative and managerial knowledge to remain competitive in this policy-driven workforce.

Upcoming Start Date

The next start date is

September 4, 2024

The application deadline is

August 21, 2024

Application Submission and Review

Students have three opportunities to begin the program each year including one in the fall, one in the spring, and one in the summer. Please note that those who enter in the summer will only be able to take select courses. For our annual academic calendar and application deadline information, please contact an admission advisor at dysononline@pace.edu.

The Pace Office of Graduate Admission informs applicants of the committee’s decision—denied or accepted—within 1-2 weeks of completed application submission. Accepted students receive their letter of acceptance from Pace via email.

Admission Requirements

Candidates are required to hold a four-year undergraduate degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution. A 3.0 undergraduate GPA is required, but students with a lower GPA can apply and be interviewed or asked to submit GRE scores and be provisionally admitted.

Admission Materials

  • Completed online application
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation (academic and professional)
  • Personal statement
  • Official college/university transcripts from all previously attended institutions

GRE and GMAT scores are not required.

Please also become familiar with additional admission requirements as listed on our International Students page.


The resume should focus on your professional work experience. Include recognitions and achievements (e.g., licenses, publications, and awards) and any significant community or extracurricular activities.

Personal Statement

The personal statement should be just that—personal.

It is an opportunity to provide an overview of yourself as a student including what your goals might be, why you want to pursue the MPA, and why Pace is appealing. Students who may not meet the required undergraduate GPA of 3.0 for entry into this program can use the personal statement to demonstrate how their personal and professional growth builds upon their qualifications. Showing growth and maturity in your personal statement (and resume) may provide sufficient evidence necessary for acceptance if you don’t meet the minimum GPA.

While there isn’t a specific word count or format, personal statements are typically one page long and generally single-spaced.


Applicants who have earned a degree or completed coursework at Pace University will not be required to submit a transcript from the University. They are, however, asked to indicate on the application that they have attended Pace.

Transcripts from every accredited college or university attended or graduated from must be sent to Pace University directly from the academic institution electronically or by mail, or forwarded by the applicant in sealed envelopes from the academic institution.

Academic records issued in a language other than English must be translated and attested to by the institution of origin or by a Pace-approved translation agency accredited through NACES.

Transcripts are considered official only if they are sent directly to Pace University from the educational institution of origin, or forwarded by:

  • Any NACES-accredited translation evaluator (preferred) OR
  • The student’s Ministry of Education OR
  • A US consular officer OR
  • An EducationUSA adviser OR
  • The Institute of Foreign Credential Services

Transcripts can be sent to:

Pace University
Graduate Admission Office
Graduate Application Processing Center
One Pace Plaza
New York, NY 10038

Digital Transcripts can be sent to:

Pace University
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