Application Process

The Application for the 2024 MPA Program will OPEN October 2023.

MPA Application

Applications for 2024 start dates will open the week of October 1, 2023 (for GDPA and MPA) and close January 31, 2024. 

  • Full Time MPA Students: Apply for a Fall 2024 Start Date
  • Part Time MPA Students: Apply for a Summer 2024 Start Date (Unless you have a GDPA from Western, then you should apply for a Fall 2024 Start Date)

Application Details

The application to the MPA program is managed by the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS) at Western.  When you click the APPLY NOW button above you will be taken to the SGPS application page where you will get all the details on the application components.  The have also set up an application help center.  You can contact them with any questions about the application at 519-850-2341 or

Regular Application Components

The MPA application will ask you for the following components:

  • Personal Information
  • Academic History
  • References (2)
  • Application Fee $150.00 CAD
  • Supplemental Documents Required by the Program
  • Letter of Intent
  • Resume
  • Proficiency in English Scores (if applicable)

Supplemental Documents Required by the Program

  • Academic History - Transcripts
    • During the application process, you are allowed to upload unofficial copies of your transcripts (including unofficial records such as a grade report printout).

      * Note: If you are made an offer of admission, you will be required to submit formal, official transcripts from your institution directly to Western University’s School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

  • References
    • Western’s Digital Graduate Reference Process Western will email your referees within 2 hours of entering or updating your reference information within the application. Please be sure to communicate with each of your referees prior to entering them. Each reference will be collected by Western and distributed alongside your application once it arrives. No paper reference letters are required. Please be sure to provide an email address associated with the referee's institution or workplace. A unique link will be emailed to each referee, allowing them to log in to a secure site and submit an online reference or upload a reference document as an attachment. You will be notified once each of your referees replies to our request.
  • Letter of Intent
    • We ask for you to write a personal 2-3 page letter outlining your interest in studying Local Government Public Administration and why you make a good candidate to the program.  Strong letters outline what experience/perspective the student brings to the program and how the program will assist the student in career development. This usually requires knowledge about the program offerings which you can find in Courses section of the Local Government Program website.
  • Resume
    • A resume detailing your relevant education, work, professional development, and/or community involvement is required.