What are the 2020-2021 policy school application deadlines?
This list covers deadlines for top U.S. public policy school MPP and MPA programs. Some of these policy schools have other master’s programs focused on a particular policy area, such as environmental policy or global studies. Most programs have a priority deadline that is typically the deadline for scholarship and financial aid consideration, and a final deadline for admission to the policy program.
Note: Be sure to verify deadlines on school websites as dates sometimes change, and schools will occasionally adjust deadlines.
|George Washington University (Trachtenberg)||MPA|
|February 1, 2021 (priority deadline)April 1, 2021 (final deadline)|
|December 1, 2020 (early action deadline)January 15, 2021 (priority deadline)April 15, 2021 (final deadline)|
|Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)||MPP|
|December 8, 2020|
|Indiana Bloomington (SPEA)||MPA||Spring 2021 (January start date):November 15, 2020 (priority deadline)December 1, 2020 (final deadline)|
Fall 2021 (August start date):January 15, 2021 (priority deadline)June 1, 2021 (final deadline)
|Cornell (CIPA)||MPA||Rolling admissions, submit your application as soon as possible.|
|Johns Hopkins (SAIS)||MIPP||Spring 2021:October 15, 2020|
Fall 2021:February 1, 2021*Deadlines vary by program type
|Spring 2021:October 5, 2020|
Fall 2021:November 30, 2021 (priority deadline)May 1, 2021 (final deadline)
|Princeton (SPIA)||MPA||December 1, 2020|
|Syracuse (Maxwell)||MPA||February 1, 2021 (priority deadline)Rolling admissions through April.|
|UC Berkeley (Goldman)||MPP|
|December 1, 2020 (MPP, MPA Round 1)February 2, 2021 (MPA Round 2)April 1, 2021 (MPA final deadline)|
|University of Chicago (Harris)||MPP|
|October 27, 2020 (early action)December 1, 2020 (Round 1)January 22, 2021 (Round 2)June 15, 2021 (Round 3)|
|Michigan Ann Arbor (Ford)||MPP|
|January 15, 2021|
|December 15, 2020 (priority deadline)May 1, 2021 (international applicant final deadline)July 1, 2021 (domestic applicant final deadline)|
|UT Austin (LBJ School)||MPA|
|December 15, 2020 (priority deadline)March 15, 2021 (final deadline)|
|U. Washington (Evans)||MPAExecutive MPA||January 15, 2021 (MPA)May 15, 2021 (Exec MPA priority deadline)July 15, 2021 (Exec MPA final deadline)|
|U. Wisconsin (La Follette)||MPA|
|January 1, 2021 (priority deadline)Rolling admissions after January 1|
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