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Application Details

A One-page Statement of Accomplishments and Academic goals

Applicants will provide a one-page statement of accomplishments and academic goals to be reviewed during the admission review process.  This document may be used to facilitate advising from the program coordinator.  


Please upload a copy of your current resume. 


In the application, you will need to identify your previous institutions attended. You will also need to contact those institutions and request official copies of your transcripts to be sent to Saginaw Valley State University. 

All transcripts must be sent from university to university. For expedited processing, please select e-delivery and when possible send them to our Grad Admissions office:

SVSU alumni do not need to request official transcripts as they will already be part of your student record. 

Course Requirements

Applicants must have successfully completed no less than three credits in an undergraduate statistics or research methods class to be eligible to begin MPA coursework. Applicants concerned about this requirement are encouraged to reach out to the MPA program coordinator for advising. 




SVSU's MPA offers a rolling application period.  

  • Make the appropriate selections for the application: 
    • Graduate
    • Domestic or International
    • MPA
    • Please select the appropriate academic year. Academic years are scheduled Fall through Summer.  ie. The 2021-2022 academic year includes the semesters: Fall 2021, Winter-Summer 22. 


Within the application, students can select to begin the MPA in Fall, Winter or Spring semesters.


Application System

If you are new to SVSU or haven't applied since 2018, please complete the option to create your account. 

  • Our application system allows you to log in and out of your application saving your progress along the way so you can thoughtfully submit your application when you're ready.  After your application's submission, you will also use the system to upload any required documents and check on the status of your recommendations.  After decisions are available, you'll also use this portal to access your admission letter. 

If you have recently applied to SVSU (since August 2018), please log in as an existing user.  If you don't remember your login credentials, select Forgot Username/Password to continue.  Please note that your application credentials are not tied to the SVSU system and would remain the unique username/password used in your previous application.

  • Any active applications will be stored in your account. Be sure when you log in to interact with the appropriate application.


Application Submission

  • Submit
  • Log in to the Self-Service Center to upload all additional requirements. SVSU students do not need to request official SVSU transcripts; this will be automatically processed if SVSU is listed as an institution attended in the application.


Application forms and all application requirements must be submitted in order for the application to be reviewed for admission.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the Graduate Admissions at (989) 964.6096 or email

SVSU's MPA offers a rolling application period, allowing students to apply throughout the year. 

Applicants can select to begin the program in either a Fall, Winter or Spring semester. 


Although there is no formal application deadline, we do encourage students to submit their online application as early as possible to provide time for their requested transcripts from other institutions to reach us at SVSU.  Applying early also provides more time for course registration and often additional time before a semester tuition balance is due. 


Admission notifications will be provided to applicants via email.  SVSU will send these notifications to the applicant's email address used to submit the application.

Need help right now?

  • Coming soon: a YouTube Application demonstration (below) to see how we navigate the application. 
  • Contact Graduate Admissions at (989) 964.6096 or email

Having trouble with the Application? Check out our how-to video!


Graduate Admissions
Wickes Hall 230
(989) 964-6096

Joseph Jaksa, Ph.D., CPP, MPA Program Coordinator
Brown Hall 317
(989) 964-2178

College of Arts & Behavioral Sciences
Wickes Hall 357
Dean Marc H. Peretz, D.M.A.
(989) 964-4062