Business & Public Policy: Additional Application Information

In addition to the general graduate application requirements, here are a few more items you'll need to know to complete your Mills admission application.

Note: If you’re an international student who is interested in applying to Mills, please visit our application requirements for international graduate students page first.

Fall Application Deadline Options

After the fall priority deadline of February 1, we consider applications for the Lokey School of Business and Public Policy on a space-available basis until July 15. If you cannot submit all of your materials in January, here is our complete list of application deadlines:

  • Early action deadline (Mills undergraduate seniors only)—November 10
  • Fall priority deadline—February 1
  • Round 2 deadline—March 15
  • Round 3 deadline—May 1
  • Final fall deadline—July 15

We strongly encourage you to apply for admission by February 1 to receive the earliest consideration for Mills merit and need-based scholarships.

Quantitative Prerequisites

Additional Application Requirements

Statement of Purpose

The statement of purpose is your opportunity to provide us with insight into your academic and professional background, your motivations for pursuing this degree, and your career aspirations. Your clear, concise statement should be typed and 500–750 words in length. Please speak to the following in your statement and upload it to the correct section of the Mills graduate application:

  • Explain how your past education and experiences are relevant to your candidacy for this program.
  • Describe the characteristics (skills, abilities, and motivations) you would bring to Mills that will enable you to succeed in our business or public policy programs.
  • Tell us about your professional aspirations, with an emphasis on how you hope our programs will prepare you for this future.


As part of your application materials, please upload a standard resume highlighting your relevant work experience and educational background to the correct section of the Mills graduate application.


Students applying to the Lokey School may be invited to interview with the Mills Admissions Committee in person or by phone or video call. Interviews are not required, nor is an invitation to interview an indication that a student has been admitted to Mills. If the Admissions Committee requests an interview, a Mills representative will contact you to arrange an interview date and time after we’ve received all of your required admission application materials.

Questions? Contact Us.

If you have any questions about your program, please reach out to us at 510.430.3173 or to connect with your Lokey School of Business & Public Policy admission counselor.

Mills College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, marital status, age, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, or disability in our admission policies, in our scholarship and loan programs, or in the educational programs, cocurricular activities, and residential facilities which we operate. Students of all genders are eligible for admission to our graduate programs. Self-identified women and people assigned female sex at birth who do not identify with the gender binary are eligible for admission to our undergraduate programs.