Master of Public Administration

Master of Public Administration

Advocate powerfully on behalf of the public, imagine new possibilities, and accomplish positive change in your workplace and in your community.

TRiO ConferenceThe Master of Public Administration is a graduate program that will prepare you to effectively serve the public good. Students in Evergreen's MPA program study current issues in an interdisciplinary context, learning the most important aspects of governance, management, and policy. Graduates go on to careers in the public sector, businesses, and non-profit organizations as leaders, managers, analysts, and effective advocates for change.

You will get a solid grounding in the core aspects of public administration. You'll also be able to specialize in one of three concentrations that match your goals and career.

  • Public & Nonprofit Administration: management, finance, and leadership
  • Public Policy: understanding, communicating, and shaping policy
  • Tribal Governance: management, policy, and leadership for indigenous organizations, governments, and those who work with them (The Tribal Governance Concentration is still accepting Fall 2014 applications)

Explore the MPA core program and concentrations.

MPA News Hub -- includes information about recent and upcoming events, such as Spring 2014 Graduation and MPA Hooding Ceremony


Evergreen's MPA program is one of the most affordable programs available. With tuition and fees for Washington State residents at two-thirds or less of the cost of our Northwest competitors, Evergreen is a bargain for residents. Find out more about program costs and the many types of aid available.


You can enroll full-time and complete the program in two years, or choose to attend part-time and spread your studies out over as many as six years. All classes meet in the evening or on the weekends to meet the needs of working adult students.


The MPA program features many of the aspects that makes an Evergreen education unique and successful: collaborative and interdisciplinary programs, narrative evaluations, and a focus on experiential learning. In addition, the MPA programs emphasize social change and democratic governance, making it a good fit for the student who wants to make the world a better place through their profession.

Graduates Making a Difference

"When I started the program I thought I was most interested in public policy development. As I went through the classes I realized my skills and interest lies in public administration. My skills and abilities relate to implementing public policy, managing employee groups and helping organizations adapt to organizational change and meet challenges." - Susan Lucas MPA 2013- Public/Non-Profit Concentration, Current Chief Operating Officer for the Health Care Authority

Learn more about our graduates.

A National Reputation

Washington Monthly ranks Evergreen among the top master’s colleges in the nation. Their distinctive rating asks “what are colleges doing for the country?” and ranks Evergreen 29th in the nation among masters degree colleges for 2012-2013 Academic Year.

Evergreen earned accolades as among the nation's Top Public Affairs Graduate Schools in the 2012 edition of the Best Graduate Schools by US News Media Group.

Attend an Information Session

Join us for our next information session on Tuesday, August 26th from 5:30-6:30pm at the downtown Olympia Timberland Library (@ 8th and Franklin): Randee Gibbons will be there to discuss the MPA curriculum, admissions requirements, program costs, financial aid, and to answer any questions you have. No need to RSVP — just show up!