Marvin Andrews Fellowship

The Marvin Andrews Fellowship in Urban Management, which leads to a master's degree in public administration, is designed to identify the country’s most talented students aspiring to executive levels in local government. 

Download brochure: marvin_andrews.pdf

Marvin Andrews Fellows (Marvins) receive the knowledge, training, and necessary experience to become future city/county managers in local government.

  • In their first year, Marvins enjoy the prestige associated with working as a paid management intern for ASU’s Center for Urban Innovation. In this role, they have the opportunity to conduct research assistance for the Alliance for Innovation, the premier networking association for cities and counties committed to innovation and transforming local government. 
  • In their second year, Marvins receive a paid 20-hour per week internship with one of the many progressive and fast-growing cities in the Phoenix metropolitan area. 
  • Each student also receives a tuition waiver (in-state or out-of-state), health insurance and financial support to assist with travel to annual conferences, an annual scholarship, along with countless other benefits. 

program of study

Students enrolling in core courses must demonstrate minimum competency in statistics and American government. Courses taken to fulfill the competency do not count toward the 42-hour degree program. 

Competency in statistics is met with a grade of B or higher in approved courses (PAF 301POS 401PSY 230QBA 221SOC 390) within the past two years or passing a diagnostic test approved by the MPA Committee. Other courses taken within the last two years may be substituted upon approval of the MPA Director. 

Competency in American government is a demonstrated understanding of American government institutions and processes. Students may be required to take an undergraduate class in American government (PAF 300,PAF 340POS 110, POS 310).

how to apply

Applicants to the Marvin Andrews Fellowship program are accepted once a year for admission to begin each Fall. Admission is very competitive. The program, which will lead to the Master's of Public Administration degree, will admit up to four students each year, based on a search process designed to identify the country’s most talented students aspiring to executive levels in local government.

All applicants must submit two applications: an ASU Graduate College application and an Andrews Fellowship application. You must be accepted into the ASU Graduate College to be considered for the Andrews Fellowship. 

ASU graduate college application

All materials should be submitted online through the ASU Graduate College application. Contact the School of Public Affairs at 602-496-0450 or email if there are questions regarding the application process.

  • An official ASU Graduate application online;
  • Application fee: $70 domestic; $90 international (note: fees increase after deadline see;
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work. Send transcripts to:

Arizona State University
Graduate College Admissions
Interdisciplinary Building, B-Wing, Room 170
PO Box 871003
Tempe, Arizona 85287-1003

  • Verbal, quantitative and analytical scores on the GRE (institution code: 4007) or GMAT;
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least two should be faculty or other academic staff who can evaluate applicant’s academic performance);
  • Written statement of applicant’s educational and career goals (this is also used as a sample of the applicant’s writing abilities), statement should be between 1-2 pages in length;
  • Applicants may also submit a resume or other documents.

Arizona State University provides testing services for the GRE and the TOEFL examinations. Please check out the University Testing Services for further information.


  • Applicants must also download and submit the application supplement: andrews-app-supplement-pdf.pdf
  • Applicants must submit a 4th letter of recommendation from either an academic or professional reference that addresses the applicant's qualifying characteristics and applicant commitment to becoming a local government management professional.
  • Submit Andrews Fellowship application materials to Nicole Boryczka
  • Please contact George Pettit if you have questions.

All Andrews Fellows application materials must be submitted by February 15th.