FAQ: Application & Admissions
The Clinton School accepts applications during the fall semester. The Priority Deadline to apply is October 15. The Regular Deadline to apply is December 15.
The MPS degree program has two application deadlines.
The Priority Deadline is October 15. Completed applicants will receive admission and merit scholarship decision by November 30.
The Regular Deadline is December 15. Completed applicants will receive admission notification by March 1.
MPS applications may be completed using the school's secure online platform.
All application documents can be uploaded onto the platform and submitted. Applicants may log-in/log-out at their pace in order to upload/submit all documents by the deadline.
To complete your MPS application, please submit/upload:
- A fully completed application form
- An updated resume that includes a description of public service experiences
- Two required short-answer essays; a third essay question is optional:
1) Cite the specific elements of the MPS program that appeal to you and how attending the Clinton School will help you realize your long-term professional and public service aspirations (400-500 words)
2) Discuss an issue you are passionate about, including the actions you have taken to constructively address it in your community (400-500 words);
3) Optional – You are in an elevator with one of your personal heroes. This person could be living or deceased, or a fictional character from a book, movie, or television show. Describe to the reader who this person is in 25 words or less. Using 100-150 words, write what your “elevator speech” would be to help them learn about you and your life’s interests and purpose. Note: Please do not use President Bill Clinton, Secretary Hillary Clinton, or Chelsea Clinton as your elevator hero. (100-175 words)
- Official transcripts from all degree-granting higher education institutions attended
- One letter of recommendation is required:
1) One letter addressing the applicant's academic preparation
2) One letter addressing the applicant's public service record
In order to be considered for committee review, each recommendation letter should be typed by the recommender and at least one full page in length. For your own benefit in our committee review, please make sure that your reference can personally and authoritatively speak to your qualifications and preparation in some detail; reference letters that only offer brief or casual comments are typically not well reviewed by the Admission Committee. All letters of recommendation must be accompanied by a Letter of Reference form completed by the individual writing the recommendation. Letters of recommendation and the Letter of Reference forms must both be directly emailed from the recommender to the Clinton School at email@example.com.
Applicants who choose to submit a graduate test score for Admission Committee review can upload a copy of the official test score transcript into the Clinton School application platform, as well as submit the scores electronically using the appropriate submission code:
GRE - Testing code: 6368
MAT - Testing code: 2298
GMAT - Testing code: 9575
LSAT - Testing code: 6368
International applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university and whose native language is not English are required to additionally submit official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
The Clinton School does not require an application fee for our applicants. We invite all interested public servants to apply to our innovative MPS program.
One letter of recommendation from an academic or public service reference is required for the MPS application. Your letter of recommendation and the letter of reference form must both be directly emailed from the recommender to the Clinton School at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make sure your recommender emails their recommendation information by or before the deadline.
An MPS applicant could choose to not submit a test score if they feel their academic transcript/GPA are sufficiently strong on their own, and that together with the other required documents (essays, recommendations, public service & professional experiences), feel the entire application file will demonstrate to the Admission Committee that the applicant can handle the academic rigors of graduate school. This can be especially true for those who have a strong undergraduate GPA, and/or those who have already completed a master’s degree, and/or those who have had a strong professional career/resume.
NOTE: While the Clinton School is GRE test-optional, our concurrent degree partner programs may require a graduate exam for their specific application process.
In recent years, the average GRE composite score (Verbal + Quantitative) has been 307, the average LSAT has been 152.
The Clinton School admissions process is self-managed and students are responsible for ensuring that their application documents are uploaded/submitted by or before the deadline. Applicants will be notified in an email when their application file is complete.
Yes, all international students whose native language is not English and who did not receive an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college are required to submit TOEFL scores. A minimum of 550 for the paper-based examination, or 79 for the internet-based examination, is required in order to be considered for admission into the Clinton School.
In keeping with the suggested minimum criteria for graduate studies at the University of Arkansas, the Clinton School recommends that applicants have at least a 2.85 cumulative grade point average in their baccalaureate-level courses.
Students admitted to the Fall 2018 entering class ranged in ages 22-54, with an average age of 27 years old. For the 2018 applicants who were admitted to the program, the average GPA was 3.4/4.0. The Clinton School typically enrolls 40-45 students per entering class each Fall.
An interview is not required, but may be requested at the direction of the admission committee. All such interviews are conducted by Skype. Visiting the Clinton School and meeting with the Admission Director is highly recommended for all interested applicants.
Visiting the Clinton School can be a great way to glimpse the unique strengths of the MPS program. The best time for prospective students to visit the school would be during weekdays, anytime throughout the Fall semester and prior to the beginning of the Admission Committee's application review in February. Visiting during the weekday increases the ability to sit in on a class, meet current students, attend one of our renowned speaker programs, and meet with the admissions director. Planning a visit between September and early February is highly encouraged for any interested applicant.
Please email email@example.com to schedule a visit to the Clinton School building at least two weeks in advance. Drop-in visits are not ideal, and cannot always be accommodated; scheduling your visit at least two weeks in advance allows you to get more out of your visit.
All MPS admission decision letters will be sent to applicants by March 1. If you complete your application by the Priority Deadline of October 15, you will receive your decision by November 30.
For those Clinton School applicants who are interested in pursuing a concurrent degree, please complete the respective application for your desired concurrent degree program with whom we currently partner.
Information about their respective applications, testing requirements, deadlines, and tuition costs can be found below.
If and when a student has been admitted into both the MPS and their concurrent program of choice, the student may then plan to enroll into their respective concurrent degree course program.
Clinton School students come from diverse personal, educational, professional, political, and service backgrounds. The Clinton School highly values and seeks this diversity, and consequently, there are no specific prerequisite courses. In fact, within our Fall 2018 enrollment class, there were over 30 different undergraduate majors represented among the 40 enrolling students.
No, the MPS curriculum track begins only in the fall semester.
For students who are admitted, the Clinton School MPS program begins with a weeklong orientation in mid-August. All incoming MPS students are required to attend orientation. Classes generally begin in the week following orientation.
Yes, up to 6 credit hours of graduate work may be transferred for the Core Courses, and up to 6 credits hours of graduate work may be transferred for Elective Courses (all pending approval by the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs).
The Clinton School Speaker Series not only enhances the education of Clinton School students, but also provides a venue for the public to engage in intellectual discussions on the issues of the day.