To earn an Evans School Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree, students must complete:

Peace Corps Master's International (PCMI) MPA requirements are available here

Concurrent degree students should consult the student handbook regarding their requirements. 

Planning forms and a Degree Requirements Checklist are available to help students plan how to meet their degree requirements. 

Core Courses

Thirty-six credits that help students develop fundamental policy and management skills. These courses are taken in sequence, typically during the first year of study

  • Microeconomic Policy Analysis (PUBPOL 516)
  • Microeconomic Management Analysis (PUBPOL 517)
  • Managing Politics & the Policy Process (PUBPOL 511)
  • Managing Organizational Performance (PUBPOL 512)
  • Public Budgeting & Financial Management (PUBPOL 522)
  • Quantitative Analysis I & II (PUBPOL 527/528)
  • Public Policy Analysis (PUBPOL 513)
  • Program Evaluation (PUBPOL 526)

Course Waivers

Some core courses can be waived.


Students must complete an approved 3- or 4-credit values elective course. The remaining elective credits can focus on one or more areas of specialization.

Please note that any 400-level course needs to be approved in advance of registration by the graduate program coordinator to count toward the MPA. For 400-level course reviews, please send the syllabus to Student Services; staff will consult with the graduate program coordinator and notify a student whether the 400-level course has been approved. 

Capstone Projects

There are multiple options to fulfill the capstone project requirement. 

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