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Department of Political Science

MPA Admission, Residency, and Other Requirements

 MPA Students should observe the following general course hour guidelines.

  • A minimum of a 3.0 GPA in courses included in Program of Study.
  • A minimum of 18 hours of courses in residence.
  • A minimum of 18 hours of courses in the Department of Political Science [designated "POLSC"].
  • A minimum of 18 hours of courses numbered 700 or above.
  • A maximum of three hours of "non-class" seminars or courses (e.g., readings, problems, internships).
  • In unusual situations, courses numbered below 600 can be applied to the MPA degree but these cannot be courses in political science and the maximum number of these course hours is six.
  • Students must be enrolled for a minimum of one credit hour the semester they expect to receive their degree.



To be eligible for admission, a student must have a Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 3.0 GPA (on a four point scale). Others with at least a 2.8 GPA may be admitted on "probation," or on "special student" category. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is recommended for all students applying to the Political Science program, but is not required. 

Additional Requirements for International Students 

  • English Language Proficiency:  The Graduate School requires each international applicant whose native language is not English to demonstrate competence in the English language by making a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and Pearson Test of English (PTE). The TOEFL, IELTS or PTE is required to ensure that language barriers do not jeopardize the student’s progress toward a degree. 
  • An applicant who has received a degree in the last two years from a United States college or university is exempt from this requirement. However, individual programs may require demonstration of English language proficiency.
  • There are two types of TOEFL scores: paper-based TOEFL and TOEFL IBT (internet-based TOEFL taken in real time). The test date should be no older than eighteen months from the application deadline.
  • The IELTS Academic test assesses English language proficiency in the areas of listening, reading, writing and speaking.  The listening, reading and writing components of the IELTS test are completed on the same day, with no breaks in between them. The speaking component, however, can be completed up to a week before or after the other tests. IELTS scores are valid for two years from the initial test date.
  • PTE Academic is a computer-based academic English language proficiency test designed to measure reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, as they are used in an academic setting.  The entire three-hour test is taken in one sitting. Kansas State University requires a minimum score of 58 on PTE Academic and a 58 for all subscores (listening, reading, writing, and speaking).
  • Score requirements


Minimum Score

IBT TOEFL (internet based)






Pearson Test of English (PTE)



  • Affidavit of Financial Support: U.S. Immigration regulations require Kansas State University to verify that international students have the financial resources to pay for all educational, living, and other expenses.  



If a student's program of study includes any course credits more than six years old at the time the student is about to complete all degree requirements, a plan to revalidate those courses must be prepared by the director of graduate studies in consultation with the Graduate School.


Students are reminded that they must complete their internships, reports, and related course requirements before they are eligible to receive their degrees.  Also, students must be enrolled for a minimum of one credit hour the semester they expect to receive their degrees.

Students who plan to graduate during a particular semester should obtain a Graduation Schedule and file a Graduation Check Sheet from the Graduate School, Fairchild Hall.  The schedule announces all the important dates and deadlines which a student needs to know for graduation, and the check sheet will instruct the Graduate School to confirm the student's degree status. 


According to the Kansas State University Graduate School, graduate students are held responsible for knowing the academic policies and degree requirements set forth in the Bulletin (General Catalog). They are likewise held responsible for knowing the regulations concerning the degree they plan to take any special requirements within the department or academic unit. In addition, it is the student's responsibility to be informed regarding the University's policies as to the standard of work required for continued enrollment in the Graduate School. The Graduate School should be consulted if additional information is needed.

Graduate students, upon registration, acknowledge the jurisdiction of the K-State Honor and Integrity System. The policies and procedures of the Honor and Integrity System apply to all graduate courses on-campus, as well as on-line. 


K-State's Career Center is available for helping students in their job search.  The MPA program maintains contacts with several government agencies and is often asked by potential employers to bring job openings to the attention of recent MPA graduates.  The director of graduate studies and the student's graduate advisory committee will work closely with MPA graduates to help locate public or nonprofit sector employment opportunities.