Statistics Prerequisite

You must complete an MPA-approved statistics course before beginning coursework as an admitted MPA student. Approved courses are listed below. Proof of statistics completion must be received by September 15th before the Fall quarter of admission.

Typically, the lowest cost courses are online non-credit courses and community college courses. However, community college courses often have prerequisite requirements. Evergreen statistics courses are more expensive but do not have prerequisite requirements.

Statistics Course Requirements

Any course not on the list of approved courses below must be approved individually by the Evergreen MPA program. See "Courses Not Listed Here" for the review and approval process.

  • Course must have been completed within three (3) years prior to the Fall of admission, with a minimum grade of “C” (minimum 2.0 out of 4.0 grade points) if offered for credit, or other evidence of satisfactory completion as noted, if not offered for credit.
  • If offered for credit: four quarter credits (or 3 semester credits) minimum.
  • Course content must include elementary descriptive and inferential statistics, including probability, binomial and normal distributions, hypotheses testing, correlations, t-tests, and chi-squared tests.

Submitting Proof of Completion

If you take statistics at Evergreen, good news: no need to request a separate transcript. Just email the contact person for your concentration with the course name, CRN and date of completion.

Official transcripts (or other acceptable official evidence) documenting satisfactory completion of statistics MUST be received before students begin their 1st year core courses in the fall quarter.

For example, for students admitted in Fall 2015, the deadline for the MPA program to receive documentation is September 15, 2015.

Request a hard copy of the official transcript from the school to be sent to: Jan Hays, MPA Program Assistant, at: the MPA Program, Mailstop: Lab 1, The Evergreen State College, 2700 Evergreen Pkwy NW Olympia, WA 98505.

Note that delays in processing may happen, so it is prudent to request an official transcript as soon as you have completed the course.

Approved Statistics Prerequisite Courses

Courses at The Evergreen State College

Not all courses are offered every quarter. See the current catalog for up-to-date information.

  • Statistics I (typically offered every quarter)
  • Statistics for Social Science
  • Statistics for Public Administration
  • Quantitative Reasoning and Statistics (offered on the Tacoma campus)
  • Introduction to Statistics and Research Design
  • Statistics and Research Methods for Psychology and Other Social Sciences
  • The statistics course component of the Tacoma program

If you are not a current Evergreen student, you may take courses as a non-admitted or "special" student. If you have been admitted to the MPA program for Fall, but need to take your statistics prerequisite in Summer, you will still register as a special student. See the Registration website for details.

Note that Statistics I typically fills quickly, but several prospective students have reported that although they didn't get into the course initially, they've successfully taken the course by attending the first few weeks and officially registering when people drop the course. Talk with the instructor to see what is possible.

Courses at Washington state community and technical colleges

Washington Community and Technical Colleges currently use a common course numbering system.

MATH 146 (usually Introduction to Statistics) will fulfill your MPA statistics prerequisite.

The following additional statistics courses completed prior to the common course numbering system will also fulfill your prerequisite:

  • Bellevue CC: BA 240 or MATH 130
  • Green River CC: MATH 256
  • Lower Columbia College: MATH 210
  • Northwest Indian College: MATH 107
  • Seattle Community Colleges (Central, North, South): BUS 210 or MATH 109
  • Shoreline CC: MATH 211
  • Skagit Valley CC: BA 215
  • South Puget Sound CC: Math 108

Courses at other colleges

  • Brigham Young University: Stat 121 (Principles of Statistics, distance learning only)
  • Eastern Oregon University: Stat 243 (Elementary Statistics)
  • Pacific Lutheran University: Stat 231 (Introductory Statistics)
  • University of Washington: Stat 220 (distance learning only) or Stat 311 (distance learning only)
  • University of Washington Tacoma: TBGEN 200 (Intro to Stat in Business) or TMATH 110 (Intro Stat w/Applications)
  • Washington State University: Stat 212 (Introduction to Statistics)
  • Western Washington University: Sociology 304 (Social Statistics, on-campus) or Math 240 (distance learning only)

Online non-credit courses ("MOOCs")

  • edX.org: Foundations of Data Analysis (UT.7.01x) -- *must* register for the Verified Certificate of Achievement option; begins 11/4/14, can register through 11/18/14 for Verified Certificate option; least expensive statistics course option -- costs approx. $50 for ID Verified Certificate