Online MPA Admissions Process
Here is an overview of our application process for admission to Presidio Graduate School.
Step 1: Access the application
Create an account or log into your application portal.
Step 2: Apply
Complete your application (see helpful tips and guidance below). The application for admissions contains these sections:
- Your profile information and demographics
- Your academic background
- Your resume
- Your personal essay
- Two letters of recommendation (optional)
- GRE/GMAT score (optional)
The information you provide on the application form and uploaded documents will be saved automatically. You may return to the application form at any time by logging into your application portal.
Step 3: Make a payment
Pay your application fee and submit your completed application.
A non-refundable $90 application fee is required for applying to all programs. This fee can be paid via credit card directly through the secure application portal prior to submitting your completed application.
Once you have completed your online application, paid your application fee, and submitted it, you will be contacted to set up a final admissions interview.
Step 4: Schedule an interview
You will be invited to schedule a time for your virtual 30-minute interview with the Admissions team after you submit your application.
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Fall 2021 Term Deadlines (classes start mid-August)
|Milestones||Round 1||Round 2||Final|
|Application Deadline||May 1||June 15||July 20|
|Decision By||May 30||July 20||August 9|
Please consult this State Authorizations web page to see if we are currently enrolling students from your state.
Spring 2022 Term Deadlines (classes start late February)
|Milestones||Round 1||Round 2||Final|
|Application Deadline||October 2||November 3||December 1|
|Decision By||November 2||December 3||January 1|
Additional Resources to Assist You
We’ve compiled some helpful information and suggestions to assist you in preparing your application and navigating the admissions process.
Helpful Guidance to Build a Strong Application
In other sections of your application, we learn about your academic and professional accomplishments. This essay allows us to discover what passion drives you as a leader towards career satisfaction and your definition of success. Please provide a response to the three following prompts and limit your essay to a total of 1,500 words:
- Values: Sustainability is a broad term that spans a variety of industries. In your specific area of interest, current or future, briefly describe an idea or project you would like to pursue while at PGS and/or how you intend to contribute to solutions to the biggest challenges facing our society.
- Teamwork: Describe a specific activity, business, or organization in which you were directly involved as a leader, collaborator, or activist. What challenges did you face, how did you resolve them, what did the experience reveal as strengths, and where did you discover opportunities for improvement?
- Time management: Commitment to a graduate program at PGS requires sacrifices, support, and self-motivation. Please share how you plan on balancing school, work, and personal commitments while enrolled in the program.
Your professional resume or CV provides the admissions team with a clear picture of the experience and skills that contribute to your qualification to attend PGS. Include details on all work and volunteer experience.
Letters of recommendation (optional, but strongly recommended)
Professional and academic letters of support provide a well-rounded perspective of your ability to succeed at PGS. At least one of the two letters should be a professional reference, ideally written by a supervisor.
As part of the online application form, you will enter an email address for the supporters who will be completing a recommendation on your behalf. This action initiates an email to those individuals with a recommendation form. The recipients have the option of completing the form or uploading a letter of support into the form. The form and/or letter should address the following areas:
- How you act on your values and ethics
- Your ability to work in teams, lead initiatives, and manage projects
- Your communication skills
- Your business software and IT skills
- Your ability and willingness to succeed in graduate-level coursework
We require an official transcript sent directly from the accredited college/university that granted your degree(s) via mail or electronic download verifying you have completed at least an undergraduate degree(s). Transcripts must also include Grade Point Average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale for each course and overall program cumulative GPA (cGPA).If your cGPA is below 2.75, or if your school did not provide a GPA, you will be required to provide a GPA explanation as part of your application. Additional official or unofficial transcripts and certification documentation can also be included in your application and/or sent to email@example.com in support of your application.
If your bachelor’s degree was conferred from an institution outside of the United States, you must have the transcript(s) evaluated by a foreign education credential evaluation service agency such as NACES®. If the transcripts are not in English, an official translation must also be submitted. The evaluation must be sent to PGS via email or mail and contain the following:
- Degree equivalency to a four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. university
- U.S. semester credit and grade equivalent for each course and cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.
GRE and GMAT scores are not required for admissions, however, these scores can be submitted to enhance your application.
Interviews will last 30 minutes and are designed as a conversation in which you will have an opportunity to ask questions. Your interview will focus on three essential questions:
- How have you prepared to succeed in this program?
- How does this program fit your academic and career goals?
- What are the distinctive talents, skills, and expertise you bring to our community?
How to submit your application documents
All required documents should be uploaded directly into your only application, emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mailed to:
Presidio Graduate School Admissions
649 Mission Street, Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94105
Additional Important Admissions Information
Diversity and inclusion
Diverse opinions, backgrounds, and life experiences create a dynamic learning community and are what makes the classroom experience unique and personal. PGS is committed to increasing our community’s diversity of (but not limited to) race, ethnicity, religion, age, gender, nation of origin, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, and physical ability.
Priority “early admit” applicants to whom we offer admittance will be invited to special events and gain access to the virtual student portal to begin building connections with their classmates and the larger Presidio Graduate School community. The earlier you submit your application, the sooner you will receive a decision.
Once a published deadline has passed, applications to all programs are accepted on a rolling basis through the start of the term. PGS strongly recommends that you complete the application process early. Late applications are accepted on a case-by-case basis depending on availability and when a program reaches capacity, admitted students will be wait-listed for the next available start term.
Presidio offers financial assistance options to reduce and help fund the cost of attendance. Students may apply for scholarships or student loans. We recommend that students apply early. Scholarships are not guaranteed for final deadline applicants and are only granted if funds remain available. Newly admitted full-time students are given first priority for all scholarships over part-time students and returning students.
Retain copies of all documents
Keep copies of all materials submitted as part of your admissions application. Admissions materials and all supporting documents become the confidential property of the Presidio Graduate School admissions department and cannot be returned to the applicant.
Contact Presidio Admissions
Need help? Contact the Admissions team at +1 (415) 997-0158 or reach us by email at email@example.com.