Apply for Entry in 2018

Details on the application process

Thank you for your interest in the MPA programme. If you are thinking of applying and have any questions, please get in touch by emailing
Applications for entry in 2018 are open.

1) Read LSE’s guidance on how to apply for helpful information about the application process and the required supporting documents.

2) Apply for the MPA by using the online application system. You must also submit your supporting documents via the online application system.
The application code for MPA is L2UN.

3) After you have applied, you can track your application online. The tracker allows you to view up-to-the-minute information regarding the status of your application. Graduate Admissions will notify you by email when they process a document or request or if a decision is made on your application.

Applications to the MPA can only be submitted online.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirements for the MPA programme are:

  • 2:1 degree or equivalent in any discipline*
  • Applicants are normally required to have a minimum of one year’s relevant professional work experience at the point of entry to the programme. However, applicants with an exceptional and outstanding academic background may use this to compensate for a less than one year’s work experience.
  • English to LSE’s ‘standard level’ requirement**
  • Two references***
  • Personal statement
  • Résumé or CV

 * Proven academic ability and strong academic grades are essential. Economics and/or quantitative course work is particularly helpful but there is no specific subject requirement for the first degree. Details of the equivalent grades required for first degrees studied outside the UK are available from the information for international students pages.

** If you are not a national of Canada (whose first language is English) or one of the UKVI list of majority English-speaking countries you may be required to undertake an English language test. Please click here for more information.

*** This programme requires two academic references (from tutors who have taught you at university). Applicants who graduated from their most recent study before January 2015 may supply one non-academic reference in place of one of your academic references. This should normally be a reference from your most recent employer. For further information, please click here.

Fees and funding

Up to date information on tuition fees and fee status can be found here.

Please visit the MPA applicants FAQs to learn more about funding.

Programme start date and duration

The programme runs for 22 months full time.

The start date for September 2018 will be confirmed in due course. 

Application deadline

Please be aware that whilst there is no official closing date for the MPA programme, we can only make a limited number of offers. We therefore advise potential applicants to apply as early as possible as competition for the course is intense.

Please check the list of available programmes before applying.

Frequently asked questions

Answers to questions about the admissions process can be found in the Graduate Admissions FAQs.

If you still find you have more questions about the application process and how to apply, please find details of how to contact Graduate Admissions here