Undergraduate Admissions

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Applicants are required to complete the following application process:

  1. Complete an online undergraduate application by creating or logging into your myBarry account.
  2. Submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions. Incomplete transcripts must be updated with final official transcripts as soon as all coursework is completed.
  3. If you have completed a G.E.D., forward the official results of that examination and the official high school transcripts documenting your secondary education.

Once admitted, a full evaluation of all final official transcripts will be completed and a copy of the results will be sent to you by mail. It is recommended that you then meet with an academic advisor so that you may discuss which credits (if any) will be applied towards a Barry University degree.

Graduate Admissions

Applicants are required to complete the following application process for MAA and MPA programs:

  • Complete an online graduate application by creating a myBarry account.
  • Provide proof of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited or internationally recognized college or university
  • Submit official transcripts of all previous college or university studies
  • Submit a resume or vitae to include work history/experience
  • Submit two original and verifiable letters of recommendation from professional and/or academic source
  • Submit an essay of a least 750 words, which explains why the applicant wishes to pursue their chosen degree and how it will help to fulfill their personal and professional goals. Applicants should also describe in detail their accomplishments, experiences, values, potential for professional excellence and commitment to completing their chosen degree program. Moreover, applicants should include information about how they work, think and interact with people as well as on any other potentially relevant topics
  • International applicants whose previous college or university studies were not in English must earn a minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 80 on the internet-based version of this test. Applicants must also satisfy all of the criteria which are outlined in the section of the University Graduate Catalog on International Applicants.

All MPA applicants will be considered within two major categories, those who possess a Bachelor of Public Administration (BPA) or similar degree and those who do not. A BPA or similar degree will enable the applicant to begin with the PUB 500 series courses. Those who do not have a BPA or similar degree will be provisionally accepted and must take PUB 501/Introduction to Public Administration before full acceptance in the program.

Examples of similar degrees may include Public Affairs, Political Science, Public Policy, Public Safety Administration, Criminal Justice, Fire & Emergency Services, Emergency Management, and Public Budgeting. Depending on the course curriculum, degrees such as Urban & Regional Planning, Social Work, Human Resources Management, Supervision & Management, Public Health, Health Services Administration, Military Science (ROTC), Government & International Affairs, etc., will be evaluated on an individual basis. Degrees such as History, English, Liberal Arts, etc., will require the Introduction course.

If the applicant has a GPA less than a 3.5 GPA and/or if a student has been out of school more than 4 years, student must take the two hour PUB 511W Graduate Workshop to enhance their skills in the program. There is no cost for the Workshop.

MPA Applicants:

Your application status can fall into one of two categories:

MPA Provisional Admissions
Students provisionally admitted to the MPA program are permitted to register for a maximum of two (2) classes (or six (6) credits) in their first semester along with PUB 511W (Graduate Writing & Research [non-credit]. Students will not be permitted to take any other graduate courses, provisionally or otherwise (i.e., upon application), before full acceptance.

MPA Admitted to Class (Class Enrollment for Students Not Yet Enrolled)
Applicants to the MPA program are permitted to enroll in classes before the application process is complete and a decision is rendered for admission.

MAA Applicants:

Your application status can fall into one of two categories:

MAA Provisional Admissions
Students with a GPA below 3.0 may be provisionally admitted if all of the other admissions criteria have been met. Provisionally admitted students may register for two (2) courses and must receive at least a 3.0 (B) grade in each of the courses to register for any additional course(s). If they are successful in attaining at least a 3.0 (B) in each course, they will be fully admitted. If they are unsuccessful in attaining a 3.0 (B) in both courses, then the provisionally admitted student can no longer take courses in the MA program.

MAA Students Admitted to Class (Class enrollment for Students Not Yet Admitted)
This classification allows students who are not yet fully admitted to the program to enroll in a class. Students need to submit a Graduate Application and proof of a baccalaureate degree. Students are then permitted to enroll in a maximum of two (2) classes (or six (6) credits) before the application process has been completed and a decision rendered for admission to the Masters of Arts in Administration (MAA) has been provided. Full admission to the program is neither implied nor guaranteed for applicants taking classes who are not yet admitted to the program. Students who enroll for classes under this classification of, Admitted to Class, must receive at least a 3.0 (B) grade or better in each class in order to be fully admitted to the MAA program.