MPA Tacoma

The Evergreen Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program is expanding to Tacoma.

The Evergreen State College’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program offers a professional education designed to prepare students for the challenges and opportunities of a career in public service as well as in nonprofit and business organizations. Evergreen MPA students and alumni advocate powerfully on behalf of the public, imagine new possibilities, and accomplish positive change in their workplaces and communities.

We are excited to offer a new opportunity for people interested in an MPA but have been unable to travel to Olympia.  Beginning Fall 2018, current students will have access to MPA electives at the Tacoma location. In addition, prospective students have an opportunity to register for these courses (dependent upon space) to get a taste of what the MPA program is like. In Fall 2019, the Evergreen MPA Program will launch the first Public & Nonprofit Administration and Public Policy (PNAPP) cohort at the Tacoma site. Please note that the Tribal Governance concentration is at the Olympia campus only.

Learn more about the Evergreen MPA’s Core & Elective programs.

MPA Electives Offered

  • Nonprofit Theory and Practice: 4 Credit  (Mondays 5 - 9 pm, Fall 2018) Taught by Lianna Shepherd, MPA, Director of Development, WA State Historical Society: Examines the unique elements of nonprofit organizations and learn to manage people and build effective programs.

  • Public Finance: 4 Credit  (Mondays 5 - 9 pm, Winter 2019) Taught by Lachezar (Lucky) Anguelov, PhD, Evergreen Faculty: Explores the role of government in the economy, applying tools of basic microeconomics to answer important policy questions.

  • Public Health Policy: 2 Credit (April 5 - 7, Fri. 5 - 9 pm, Sat. & Sun. 9 am - 5 pm, Spring 2019) Taught by John Wiesman, DrPH, MPH, WA State Secretary of Health and Paj Nandi, MPH, Community Relations & Equity Director, Department of Health: This weekend intensive combines practical skills development with theory and case studies, to equip students to take leadership positions in health policy and health care management.

How to Register for Elective Courses 

Students who have not been admitted to the MPA program may register for open MPA electives or be added to the wait list for full MPA electives with instructor permission, beginning January 2, 2019.

Non-admitted students who already have a bachelor's degree may take MPA electives for graduate credit. If you decide to apply to our program, up to 12 credits total taken before the Fall of admission will count toward your MPA.

  1. Starting January 2, contact Jan Hays, MPA Program Assistant or call (360) 867-5939 to determine which courses are open.

  2. If space is available:

    1. Current Evergreen Juniors and Seniors: print, complete and submit the Registration Form (PDF) to the Evergreen Registration Office. (Address fax registration “Attn: Elaine.”)
    2. Non-Admitted Graduate Students: print, complete and submit the Special Student Registration Form (PDF) to the Evergreen Registration Office. (Address fax registration “Attn: Elaine.”) After receiving the permission information and registration form, Registration will email you to let you know whether you may register.