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Application FAQs for the UT MPPA Program

  1. When can I apply for admission?
    We accept applications for admission for the fall, spring and summer semesters. Plan to have all application materials submitted (including transcripts, recommendation letters, and GRE score reports) as soon as possible but no later than about 45 days before the beginning of the semester for which you seek admission. 
  2. When can I begin the application process?
    Applicants can start the on-line application process at any time. Applicants do not need to have taken the GRE before starting the on-line application process. However, admission decisions cannot be made until an applicant's file is complete.
  3. Is there financial aid available?
    Yes, there are a number of possible resources to support your graduate education. Applicants are encouraged to visit the possibilities at UT Financial Aid, the UT Graduate School, and the MPPA program.  In addition, there are a number of graduate assistantships across campus in various non-academic units that several MPPA students apply for and receive once they are enrolled in the program.
  4. How long does it take to complete the degree?
    Full-time students can complete the program in about 4 semesters. Several MPPA students work full-time and take classes part-time (one or two courses per semester). These students typically complete the degree in about 2 to 2.5 years.
  5. Are courses offered in the evening to accommodate those who work full-time?
    Yes. All required courses (6 seminars) are offered M thru R in the evening except for 570 which is offered in T, R afternoons every spring semester.
  6. Are internships required?
    No, but they are strongly recommended for students without any professional experience. The MPPA Director helps students pursue internship opportunities that align with career goals. For students who do not need an internship, elective courses are selected in lieu of 569 Internship hours.
  7. Who should I contact with any other questions?
    Dr. David Folz, Professor & MPPA Director at dfolz@utk.edu or 865-974-0802.


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