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Eligibility Requirements

Admission to the City Management Fellowship is competitive and is typically limed to 12-15 students per year.  To be eligible for the Fellowship, applicants must:

  • Be accepted into the KU MPA program and enroll as full-time students;
  • Start classes in the summer semester;
  • Participate in professional development activities as offered throughout the year;
  • Complete a full-time internship the second year (which requires being legally able to work in the U.S.);
  • Complete the City / County Management graduate certiifcate.


In order to apply for the City Management Fellowship, application materials must be submitted for the February 1 application deadline.  In addition to the application materials specified for Admission to the KU MPA program, Fellowship applicants must meet and agree to the eligibility requirements specified above.  They also are required to submit an additional essay, no more than 1,000 words long, describing their interpretation of and reaction to the Athenian Oath:  

"We will never bring disgrace on this our City by an act of dishonesty or cowardice.  We will fight for the ideals and Sacred Things of the City both alone and with many.  We will revere and obey the City's laws and will do our best to incite a like reverence and response in those above us who are prone to annul them or set them at naught.  We will strive unceasingly to quicken the public's sense of civic duty.  Thus, in all these ways, we will transmit this City not only, not less, but greater and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us."

What do you think the relevance of the Athenian Oath is today?

The Fellowship application is accessed through the online application to the KU MPA program

Incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the Admissions Committee for review. 

Required Items Explanation and description
Online application When you are ready, you may APPLY ONLINE. Please be prepared to upload the following documents: unofficial transcript, resume, personal statement and writing sample. You will also include the names and email addresses for your recommenders. An application fee is required.

February 1*

Bachelor's Degree Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution. Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 can be considered for provisional admission if academic deficiencies are addressed in the personal statement.
Official transcript

Transcripts must be sent from applicant's undergraduate institution and any post-graduate institutions attended directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions at processing@ku.edu or Graduate Admissions, University of Kansas, KU Visitor Center, 1502 Iowa St., Lawrence, KS 66045.

KU graduates may upload either a copy of an official transcript or a KU Advising Report. 

Three Letters of Recommendation

Recommendation letters should be from persons who can address the applicant’s ability to do graduate work and the admissions criteria. At least one recommendation should be an academic reference.

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants will submit names and email addresses of references as part of their online application. References will then receive an email with instructions for submitting their letters of recommendation electronically.

Current Resume A copy of your current resume and employment history.
Personal Statement A 3-5 page reflective essay describing your background and career goals. Clearly indicate how the MPA degree fits those goals. Please address any academic deficiencies in your statement.
City Management Fellowship essay An essay, of 1000 words or less, describing your interpretation of what the Athenian Oath means today.
Writing Sample A writing sample at least five pages in length. This should be a work where you critically analyze an issue (not just summarize) and be well-cited.

Some possibilities include an undergraduate research paper; a policy paper completed for work; another work product that analyzes an issue and makes an argument for a position.

If you do not have a written sample that meets the requirements, you may prepare a report on a book or academic article relevant to the field of public administration. The KU Libraries can assist you with searching databases and accessing materials.

English Proficiency Requirements 

The University requires all applicants, international or domestic, to demonstrate English language proficiency for admission to any graduate program at KU.

Advisor Contact

MPA Program Manager & Advisor
Cari Ann Kreienhop

Experiencing problems with the online application system? Contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at graduateadm@ku.edu or 785-864-3140. 

Application Deadlines

Deadlines follow University guidelines

M.U.P (Master of Urban Planning)
Fall semester: July 1
Spring semester: December 1

M.U.P as International Student
Fall semester: June 1
Spring semester: November 1

City Management Fellowship Applications:  February 1
Summer semester:  February 1
Fall semester:  May 1
Spring semester:  November 1
Fall semester: January 5