2018-2019 Policy School Application Deadlines for Top MPP / MPA Programs

The schools included:

American University (SPA), Carnegie Mellon (Heinz), Columbia (SIPA), Cornell (CIPA), Duke (Sanford), George Washington University (Trachtenberg), Georgetown (McCourt), Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), Indiana Bloomington (SPEA), Johns Hopkins (SAIS), NYU (Wagner), Princeton (Woodrow Wilson), Syracuse (Maxwell), UC Berkeley (Goldman), University of Chicago (Harris), Michigan Ann Arbor (Ford), USC (Price), UT Austin (LBJ School), U. Washington (Evans), U. Wisconsin (La Follette)

This list covers admissions deadlines for U.S. public policy programs. Admissions decisions should be received within 1 to 3 months, depending on the school (this varies widely). If the schools provide a priority date (or early deadline), we’ve put it in the chart. Spring deadlines are included for the schools that offer programs beginning in the spring.

Note: Be sure to verify dates on school websites as dates sometimes change (we are human and so are the administrators.)

University (School Name) - LocationEarly Action Deadline
(Entering Fall 2019)
Regular Deadline
(Entering Fall 2019)
Spring Deadline
(Entering Spring 2019)
American University (SPA) - Washington D.C.February 15, 2019May 1, 2019September 15, 2018
Carnegie Mellon (Heinz) - Pittsburgh, PAJanuary 10, 2019
Columbia University (SIPA) - New York, NYNovember 1, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. ESTFebruary 5, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ESTOctober 15, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST
Cornell University (CIPA) - Ithaca, NY*
Duke University (Sanford) - Durham, NCJanuary 5, 2019
George Washington University (Trachtenberg) - Washington D.C.January 15, 2019February 1, 2019
Georgetown University (McCourt) - Washington D.C.January 15, 2019April 1, 2019
Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) - Cambridge, MADecember 3, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. EST
Indiana University - Bloomington (SPEA) - Bloomington, INFebruary 1, 2019May 1, 2019December 1, 2018
Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) - Washington, D.C.November 1, 2018January 7, 2019
New York University (Wagner) - New York, NYDecember 1, 2018May 1, 2019
Princeton University (Woodrow Wilson) - Princeton, NJDecember 1, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST
Syracuse University (Maxwell) - Syracuse, NYFebruary 1, 2019**
University of California - Berkeley (Goldman) - Berkeley, CADecember 3, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST
University of Chicago (Harris) - Chicago ILNovember 26, 2018R1: January 18, 2019
R2: March 25, 2019
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Ford) - Ann Arbor, MIJanuary 15, 2019
University of Southern California (Price) - Los Angeles, CADecember 15, 2018May 1, 2019 (International)
July 1, 2019 (Domestic)
University of Texas (LBJ) - Austin, TXDecember 1, 2018March 15, 2019
University of Washington (Evans) - Seattle, WADecember 15, 2018 (International)January 15, 2019
University of Wisconsin - Madison (La Follette) - Madison, WI***

Occasionally schools will adjust deadlines, so here are a few notes to clarify:

*Cornell University (CIPA) Offers rolling admissions. They will consider all applications received through the middle of May. If you would like to be considered for funding, please submit your application as soon as possible.

**Syracuse University (Maxwell) Students must apply by the February 1 priority deadline for full consideration. They review late applications through April 30 of each year, but they do not guarantee that late applications will be considered for university financial aid.

***University of Wisconsin – Madison (La Follette) All applications that are received by January 1, 2019 will be given priority consideration for admission and funding. Applications will be considered after that date on a rolling admissions basis.

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