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Admission - MPS

Students apply to the Master of Public Safety (MPS) degree and the University through the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Standardized exams, such as the GRE, are not required. There is no foreign language requirement.

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 in undergraduate coursework

Admission Deadline


How to Apply

Applicants must submit a completed online application, including:

  • Unofficial transcripts from each postsecondary institution attended. Applicants who are offered admission will be required at that time to submit official transcripts prior to attending the University. Offers of admission are not binding until official transcripts are received and verified.
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation from professional colleagues/supervisors attesting to applicant’s proficiency and readiness
  • A statement of purpose describing motivation, interest, and goals (750 – 1,000 words)
  • Application for Virginia In-State Educational Privileges
  • $70 application fee (payable by credit card only). See if you qualify for a fee waiver.

* The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements.

Faculty Spotlight

MPS graduates will gain the data-driven knowledge, best practices, and practical skills required for law enforcement leadership.
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Tim Longo


As a retired Charlottesville Police Chief, Tim is an expert on the complex challenges faced by today’s law enforcement officers. Now serving as program director and faculty for the Master of Public Safety (MPS) program, he emphasizes foundational elements of policing while encouraging forward-thinking problem-solving for contemporary issues. Drawing from the wide-ranging expertise of UVA’s students and faculty, his curriculum incorporates multiple disciplines including law, medicine, psychology, public policy, engineering, and business.

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University of Virginia School of Continuing and Professional Studies
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