The deadline for receipt of all application materials is February 1 for fall admission with rolling admission thereafter. (The MPP Program generally does not accept applications for spring admission, although exceptions may be made in certain special circumstances. If you wish to submit a spring application, please contact the Program Coordinator to discuss your situation prior to applying.) Please note that due to the additional application requirements, international applicants must submit all application materials by December 15 for fall admission. Visit our application page to apply online or download forms.
Graduate Application for Admission: Complete all sections of the application as indicated, including a required 750-word Statement of Purpose essay, which should address the following questions:
- How did you become interested in the field of public policy analysis?
- How has your past study and experience prepared you to study public policy?
- What characteristics (skills, abilities, and motivations) do you bring that will enable you to succeed in a public policy career?
- What do you hope to gain from the Mills MPP program?
- What are your professional goals and how will you use the Mills MPP to achieve them?
The essay should be typed and double-spaced. You do not need to list the questions in the essay, but you do need to make sure you cover all of these topics. Additionally, if you believe some part of your record (e.g. transcripts or test scores) does not accurately reflect your academic aptitude, please address this issue in your statement of purpose essay.
Supplemental Application: MPP students are required to submit a supplemental application for admission, which details additional program-specific admission requirements. The supplemental application is included as part of the online application.
Application Fee of $50: Payable to Mills College by check or money order, drawn on a U.S. bank. Credit cards and electronic checks are accepted for online application submission. Cash is not accepted.
Official Transcripts: One official transcript with grades from each post-secondary institution attended toward receipt of bachelor's degree should be sent directly by each institution to the Office of Graduate Admission.
Admission to graduate or post-baccalaureate study at Mills College is contingent upon the possession of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. If you are still completing your degree at the time of application, send official transcripts showing work completed and in progress.
Immediately upon completion of the baccalaureate degree requirements, it is your responsibility to send a final transcript with the degree posted to our office.
Three Letters of Recommendation: Special recommendation forms are provided on the application page or can be sent as part of the online application. All students, including current Mills students and alumnae, must submit three letters along with their application.
Resume: In evaluating applications, we seriously consider students' diverse work, life, and educational backgrounds and experiences and ask that you submit a resume with your application to highlight your professional accomplishments.
Quantitative Preparation Requirement
The Mills Public Policy Program does not require the GRE as part of the application process. However, admitted students are required to show evidence of basic algebra and graphing skills prior to starting classes. There are two options to fulfill this requirement:
- Take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) by June 1, 2014. If you obtain a score in the 35th percentile or higher, you will have met the quantitative preparation requirement for the program (code 004485)
- If you do not want to take the GRE or you get a score that places you below the 35th percentile, take a short math prep course at Mills just prior to the start of the program. There is no additional charge for this course, but you must participate fully in it to meet the quantitative preparation requirement for the program.
International students should be aware of the Special Information for International Students section which outlines additional admission requirements.
If you have any questions about admission requirements, deadlines, or applying to Mills College, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission at 510.430.3309 or firstname.lastname@example.org.