Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Alumnus Profile: Chris Rule

Learn how Chris Rule (MPA '12) is applying his Evans School MPA degree to his current position as an associate planner for Sound Transit.

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The Evans School’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) program emphasizes fundamentals in policy analysis and management, while also allowing you to pursue a specialization.

Our MPA degree includes 72 total credit hours, with a minimum of 60 credit hours from within the Evans School:

  • 36 credits of core courses in the areas of analysis and management
  • Three or four credits for a values elective
  • Remaining elective credits used to focus on one or more areas of specialization
  • Four to eight credits toward a degree or capstone project
  • A three-month internship totaling a minimum of 400 non-credit work hours

Most of our MPA students enroll full-time and complete the program in two years. But we also welcome part-time students and offer evening options for some courses.

A recent study of graduation rates showed that, of the students who enrolled in the Evans School's MPA program in 2008-09 (including those enrolled in a concurrent degree program and the Peace Corps Master's International Track), 76% graduated in 100% of the degree program length (6 quarters), 89% graduated in 150% of the degree program length, and 93% graduated in 200% of the degree program length. Students pursuing a concurrent degree generally take up to 9 quarters to finish their dual programs (12 quarters for dual-degree MPA/JD students), increasing reported time to graduation. The average time to degree for solo MPA students (those that are not concurrent, part time, or in the Peace Corps Master's International Program) is 2.3 years.

Find out about MPA degree requirements, our specialized Peace Corps Master’s International MPA track, and the Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program.

For more information, contact the Evans School Student Services office at or 206.543.4900.