PPIA Program

“Diversity & Leadership in Public Service”

University of Washington

Evans School of Public Policy & Governance


For 50 years the Evans School of Public Affairs has provided a professional graduate education to talented students who aspire to become innovative leaders committed to serving public interests through careers in government and nonprofit service. Ranked nationally as one of the top ten schools of public policy and management, our graduates are highly sought after by public, nonprofit, and private employers in the Pacific Northwest, across the U.S., and around the world, and serve as public agency directors, policy and budget analysts, elected officials, international development professionals, researchers, community organizers, and nonprofit leaders and managers.

Degrees Offered

MPA Master of Public Administration
Peace Corps Masters International MPA
PhD in Public Policy and Management
Executive Master of Public Administration

Fields of Specialization/Study Tracks

Public Policy Analysis and Evaluation
Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy
Environmental Policy and Management
Public Finance and Budgeting
Public Management Administration
International Development
Leadership, Management, and Decision-Making
Urban and Metropolitan Policy
Social Policy: Poverty, Education, and Social Welfare
Science and Technology Policy

Area Studies

Eastern Europe / Russia
Latin America

Graduate Program Overview

The Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington (UW) is a graduate professional school providing education and research for public service. The School confers the Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree and a PhD degree in public policy and management. The Evans School's program of study prepares highly skilled managers and policy analysts for a wide range of careers in the public and nonprofit sectors. Joint degree programs in international studies, law, forest resources, urban planning, and public health are available. Program options include a Peace Corps Master's International (PCMI) in international nongovernmental organization development and, for traditional second-year students, a certificate in international development policy and management.
The Evans School curriculum integrates public policy analysis and management and gives students the flexibility to specialize in substantive policy fields. The academic program is divided into three major components: the required core curriculum that introduces students to public organization theory, policy analysis, budgeting, microeconomics, and quantitative methods; more advanced study of analysis, ethics, internal agency management, and management of the external agency environment (e.g., media relations); and a specialized study in a chosen gateway (education and social policy, environmental policy, international affairs, urban and regional affairs, nonprofit management, or individualized). The Evans School also offers an Executive Master's Program.

Admissions Deadline

MPA Program/Peace Corps Master's International- Priority deadline: January 15th
PhD program- January 15th
Executive MPA- May 1st

Admissions Overview

The Evans School is committed to a diverse student body and actively seeks applicants from all groups and all academic backgrounds. Students are admitted for summer or fall quarters only. Applicants for the MPA/PCMI program are required to submit scores from the GRE or GMAT, three letters of recommendation, transcripts, resumes, and a personal statement.

Contact Information

University of Washington
Box 353055
Seattle, Washington

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