How do I apply to the MPP programme?
All applications are made through LSE’s Graduate Admissions Office. Applications open mid-October each year. Full details of how to apply are available on the MPP 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 any time, from anywhere in the world. In addition, the MPP 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 consult this page concerning in-person campus visits.
How many applications do you receive each year?
Since 2019 is the one-year MPP programme’s inaugural admission class, there is no information available concerning past applications.
What are the application deadlines?
The MPP programme does not have a set deadline for applications. The LSE School of Public Policy considers applications to the MPP programme on a rolling basis. The MPP programme 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 final decision.
With regard to the MPP programme, selectors are interesting in addressing the following criteria:
- Proven academic ability with a strong academic record from previous higher education institutions. Economics and experience in quantitative work is useful, however there is no first degree subject requirement for this programme.
- You should have at least three years of professional work experience, while most applicants will possess five years of professional work experience.
- Your application will also be determined by the strength of your personal statement to the LSE School of Public Policy. The selection committee holds high expectations for the personal statement portion of the application process. Personal statements should be well written and sufficiently explain how your professional and academic experiences would make you a great candidate for this programme.
Please note we can not 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 website.
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 MPP 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 still 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 MPP 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?
Unfortunately, the MPP programme does not accept transfer students. It is also not possible for students to attend individual courses at LSE without being enrolled in a degree programme.
What happens after I submit my application?
The LSE Graduate Admissions Office will process your submitted 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 MPP 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.