Graduate Public Policy Requirements & Deadlines

We are currently accepting applications for fall 2014. Please contact us to learn more.

The priority deadline for receipt of all application materials is February 1 for fall admission with rolling admission thereafter. (We generally do not accept applications for the MPP and MPP/MBA Programs for spring admission, although exceptions may be made in special circumstances. If you wish to submit a spring application, please contact the Public Policy 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.

MPP Program Required Materials

Graduate Application for Admission: Complete all sections of the application as indicated, including a required 500 to 750-word Statement of Purpose essay, which should address the following prompts:

1. Explain how your past education and experiences are relevant to your candidacy for this program.

2. Describe the characteristics (skills, abilities, and motivations) you would bring to this program that will enable you to succeed in it.

3. Share your future professional aspirations, indicating how this program will prepare you for these plans.

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) does not accurately reflect your academic aptitude, please address this issue in your statement of purpose.

Supplemental Application: Please submit a supplemental application for admission, which details additional program-specific admission requirements.  The supplemental application is included as part of the online application.  

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.

Application Fee of $50: Payable to Mills College by check or money order, drawn on a US 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.

Quantitative Prerequisite: 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)

OR

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.

Please Note:
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.

Joint MPP/MBA Required Materials

Graduate Application for Admission: Complete all sections of the application as indicated, including a required 500 to 750-word Statement of Purpose essay, which should address the following prompts:

1. Explain how your past education and experiences are relevant to your candidacy for this program.

2. Describe the characteristics (skills, abilities, and motivations) you would bring to this program that will enable you to succeed in it.

3. Share your future professional aspirations, indicating how this program will prepare you for these plans.

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) does not accurately reflect your academic aptitude, please address this issue in your statement of purpose.

Supplemental Application: Please submit a supplemental application for admission, which details additional program-specific admission requirements. The supplemental application is included as part of the online application.

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.

Application Fee of $50: Payable to Mills College by check or money order, drawn on a US 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.

Interview: As part of the review process, the Admissions Committee interviews most applicants, either in person, by phone, or via Skype. If invited, you will be contacted to schedule an appointment once your application is complete. This interview is separate from an informational consultation that you may wish to schedule with a representative of the Joint MPP/MBA program earlier in the application process.

Quantitative Prerequisite: 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)

OR

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.

Please Note:
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.

Special Admission Requirements For International Students

International students should be aware of the Special Information for International Students section which outlines additional admission requirements. 

Contact Information

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 grad-admission@mills.edu.

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