Online MPA Application Information

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Hello everyone and welcome to our MPA applications instructions webinar. My name is Aili Byng and I will be taking you through the application process step by step.

So here’s a quick reminder about our admissions requirements. Obviously a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution is required for a master’s degree program. We will need official transcripts those printed on transcript paper and for admissions purposes unofficials are sufficient. There is no GRE or GMAT required for this program. You’ll see here also the TOEFL score for those of you that are international applicants. You will need a letter of intent or statement of purpose, copy of your resume, as updated as possible and three letters of recommendation. So here’s where you’re going to get started on the application process.

So to get started take this apply web comm link, copy and paste it into your browser and then when it opens click on degree-seeking. This next slide is going to show you how then to create your account. Remember please to note your user ID and password for future use. It’ll be important so that you don’t have to worry about trying to get in touch with OHIO IT to reset that for you. Sometimes it takes a long time on hold as they are very, very busy. So to begin your application, remember to click apply online and then of course have noted and already created your user ID and password. Just a quick reminder about that.

Very good so now step four. This is where you’re going to fill out your personal information and on this page in the application. Please make sure that you double check the spelling of your name because we have had occasions where then we have to go back in through the registrar’s office to correct something as simple as Robert and then accidentally have hit the R R twice. So just make sure double check everything take the time to be sure that everything is spelled correctly. Also please be sure for those of you who have gone under other names previously or under other names and your academic records please make sure that you note those names.

So step 5 when you get to the program selection page you’re going to type in public administration and then you’re going to select the program that you wish to apply for. Please note M as in Mary P as in Paul 4-4-1-3. This is the 100% online program select that and then click continue.

So now on to step 6. We’re going to select the term and click “save.” Be sure that you are selecting the correct term in which you’d like to start. Obviously May is Summer, Fall is late August, Spring is January, but if you select the wrong one and keep moving forward and then submit your application, you will have to pay a $10 administrative fee to make any changes. So just double-check that you are selecting the correct semester option to get started before you move forward. Here we go.

So step 7 this is where you’re going to upload all of your supporting documents. Your statement of purpose, resume, transcripts, etc. So a couple of notes here for you. Your statement of purpose or your essay should start with an educational section. You should detail your undergraduate studies and any graduate studies that you may have completed. If there were any extenuating circumstances about your studies or the grades received, this is a really good place to address this. Next you should cover your professional experience and after that you should cover your career goals and how this degree would help you in achieving those goals. It’s also really helpful to mention the areas of competencies that you expect the program will help you strengthen or develop. The committee, the program director, they very much like to see a very full complete logical start, middle, and end to the statement of purpose. Next your current resume. Make sure that it highlights your work experience paying particular attention to any public sector or nonprofit experience that you may have. Although that is not a requirement, it does help as far as admissibility is concerned. Remember there is a preference for three years professional experience; however, it does not have to be, as I mentioned, in public sector or nonprofit. It can be considered for admission. Other supplemental documents that you might want to add. These are for those additional things, so for example if you’ve already taken a GRE and you want to submit it you can. Remember GRE and GMAT are not required or if you have additional writing samples or anything that you would like to become a part of your application. That’s what the supplemental documents section is for.

So now step 8. You’re going to provide your academic history including your bachelor’s degrees institution and please note that for online MPA the GRE is not a requirement, but if you took it, as I mentioned before, you can certainly add it. Make sure that you have a transcript that you have scanned that is printed on transcript paper. Not something that you’ve downloaded from your institution’s website. That even though it says “unofficial transcript.” That is actually a DARS report or an advising report for admissions purposes. So we need to have transcripts that have been printed on actual transcript paper. Also remember that when I said that unofficial can be used for the admissions process, if you are accepted you will need to secure transcripts in an official manner. Meaning directly from your institution to the Graduate College or your enrollment advisor prior to the end of your first semester.

So on step 9. You’re going to provide at least three recommender’s information. Name and emails of those individuals that you’ve already spoken to and asked to serve as a recommender for you. When you “save and close,” even if you do not submit your applications that day you input this info, the system will automatically send them an email. It will include a form to be completed and signed and instructions on what we are looking for in a recommendation. Please make sure that you point out to your recommenders that they should look in their spam folder or their junk folder if they do not see the email from the application system because sometimes that’s exactly where it goes and it makes it a little more challenging for you to be able to secure your letter of recommendation in time. So step 10 this is where you’re going to complete the remainder of your application, pay your application fee, and then submit your application. Your application fee can be paid with a credit card. And your app can be submitted before your recommenders have completed their letters of recommendation. If you do not have transcripts but have instead ordered transcripts to be sent to the Graduate College or to your enrollment advisor, you can also submit the application with those documents missing. You will receive a confirmation that your application was submitted and you can send your advisor an email letting them know that it has been submitted. It’s really important to do that, so that the advisor can monitor from our side on your behalf and ensure that all of the documents are coming in as necessary. This is because, generally speaking, it takes about two weeks to receive an answer from the admissions committee and the program director on your application, once it shows as complete. Meaning all of the transcripts, all of the letters of recommendation, statement, resume etc has been received. So if you can avoid having a hiccups later on you’ll be able to get an answer sooner rather than later. So it’s our best practice to advise you or to let your enrollment advisor know that you have submitted the application as quickly as possible.

So a couple of important things to point out here on this last slide for you please remember. There are three starts a year as I had mentioned before Spring is in Mid-January;. Summer is in mid May and Fall is in late August. If you have any questions, you don’t have an admissions advisor or their information here are the main email and phone numbers that you can address and here is the address for your transcripts to be mailed to at our off-site location in Orlando, Florida.

And there you go that’s it. Before you know it you’ll be the leader that everyone looks to, having accomplished your MPA. So get started with your application today. Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions at those numbers listed there or directly to your admissions advisor. We’re here to help you. Thanks everyone!