How do I apply to the MPA programme?
All applications are made through LSE’s Graduate Admissions Office. Applications open in mid-October each year. Full details of how to apply are available on the MPA how to apply page. This includes information about the entry requirements and the documents applicants are required to submit with their application.
What are the entry requirements?
Please visit the entry requirements section on the how to apply page for further details.
Is there a Graduate Open Day?
LSE offers a virtual open day where you can watch a wide range of talks on applying to LSE, accommodation, careers, financial support, support services and life at LSE. This virtual open day can be viewed at anytime, from anywhere in the world.
In addition, the MPA programme holds regular Online Information Sessions which provide you with the opportunity to learn more about study support, future careers and extra-curricular activities. Each session ends with time for your questions, which are answered live by our team.
If you would like to visit the LSE campus, please see 'Can I visit the campus?'.
How many applications do you receive each year?
On average each year we typically receive around 420 applications. Our target intake is 80 students per year, meaning at any one time there may be up to 160 MPA students studying at LSE across both years.
What are the application deadlines?
The MPA does not have a deadline for applications; Graduate Admissions begin accepting applications in mid-October. The MPA has a limited number of offers to make each year and once this limit has been reached, no further applications can be considered. To find out about current programme availability, go to the LSE Graduate Admissions homepage and click "Available programmes" in the menu on the left of the page. We recommend that applicants submit their applications as early as possible to maximise their chance of being considered.
What do you look for in an applicant?
The Selectors will consider the application as a whole before making a decision. They are looking for:
- Proven academic ability and strong academic grades. Economics and/or quantitative course work is particularly helpful but there is no specific subject requirement for the first degree.
- 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 less than one year’s work experience.
- A personal statement that is well written and clearly explains why you have chosen this professionally-oriented policy programme. It is also important that your statement explains how your prior professional and educational experiences make you a good candidate for the programme.
- Strong references in support of your application.
Please note that we cannot advise on individual applications or give any indication if an applicant should apply. Full details of the entry requirements are available from the Graduate Admissions webpages.
Can I submit a professional reference?
Please select the ‘two academic references’ item from the list on this webpage for reference requirements.
How long should my personal statement be?
Please select the 'personal statement' item from the list on this webpage for more information.
Where do I send my application documents?
All application documents must be sent to Graduate Admissions. If you are unable to upload your documents, please contact Graduate Admissions for advice.
What is your GRE/GMAT policy?
We do not require applicants to have taken GRE/GMAT tests. However, if you have taken one of these, and you feel your results will support your application, you are welcome to include it. As this is not a requirement for the MPA we cannot advise what the Selectors would consider a good score. We are also unable to advise applicants what the average GRE/GMAT score is as only a minority of applicants choose to include this information.
Can I apply even if my English language score is lower than required?
The requirements for English language test scores are available here. However, you can apply if you have not yet achieved the required score. If your application is successful you will receive a conditional offer, which means that you will only be able to join the MPA if you achieve the required test scores before the programme starts. If you will require a student visa, please note that you will need to hold an unconditional offer in order to receive the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) you will need for your visa application so will need to achieve the required English test score leaving enough time to apply for your visa and wait for a decision on your visa application.
Do you accept transfer students?
No, the MPA does not accept transfer students. It is also not possible for students to attend individual courses without being registered for a degree programme at LSE.
What happens after I submit my application?
The LSE Graduate Admissions Office will process your application. They will confirm to you that it has been received and if any further action or documents are required from you. Graduate Admissions receive applications and documentation for all graduate programmes at LSE. This means that it may take some time for your application to be processed. You can see the current processing times on-line.
The MPA Team will not be able to tell you when you will receive a decision on your application as all decisions are processed and sent by Graduate Admissions.
Please note that all queries relating to application documents should be directed to Graduate Admissions.