Evans School MPA Students: Program Options

Evans School MPA students may take electives across an array of substantive and skill areas that build on the core curriculum to strengthen the foundations of a career in public service.

Program Options provide MPA students with a more formal credential demonstrating that they completed a sufficient number of pre-designated courses to be certified as specializing in a specific area. Students who complete all of the required coursework for a Program Option will have the following listed on their transcript upon graduation: “Master of Public Administration (Name of Program Option).” Program options do NOT appear on diplomas. 

Pursuing a program option is optional. Note that students can pursue a maximum of one program option, but are welcome to take electives in additional areas of specialization.
 

Analysis and Evaluation

The Analysis and Evaluation program option deepens students’ skills in analysis and evaluation beyond what is learned in our core courses. Courses in this program option are designed to help students develop the skills needed to implement analysis and evaluation in a broad set of institutional contexts, thereby preparing students for careers in which these skills can be applied to a wide variety of policy areas. Students completing this option will obtain more than just familiarity with the methods of analysis and evaluation, but will be trained and ready to implement these advanced methods with expertise.

Interested first-year MPA students will be eligible to complete the program option in their second year of study. Students who complete all of the required coursework will have the following listed on their transcript upon graduation: “Master of Public Administration (Analysis and Evaluation).”

Requirements

  1. Completion of all MPA program requirements, as outlined in the MPA Student Handbook, including 36 core credits, one values elective, fulfillment of the Evans School’s capstone requirement, and completion of a total of 72 credits (of which at least 60 must be PUBPOL credits) to earn the MPA degree.
  2. Completion of at least three of the following elective courses (not every course will be offered every year):
    • PUBPOL 514 Psychology for Policy Analysis
    • PUBPOL 518 Applied Cost Benefit Analysis
    • PUBPOL 525 Qualitative Field Methods and Analysis
    • PUBPOL 529 Advanced Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysis
    • PUBPOL 551 Measuring Social Impact: Advanced Program Design and Evaluation
    • PUBPOL 565 GIS and Public Policy
    • PUBPOL 594 Economic Approaches to Environmental Management
    • PUBPOL 597 Environmental Decision Analysis
    • PUBPOL 599 Advanced Policy Analysis
    • PUBPOL 599 Advanced Program Evaluation
    • PUBPOL 599 Computational Thinking for Governance Analytics
    • PUBPOL 599 Tax Policy Analysis
    • PUBPOL 599 Visualization Analytics for Policy & Management
  1. All program option courses must be taken for a numerical grade (i.e., courses cannot be taken Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory).

Environmental Policy

The Environmental Policy program option provides MPA students the opportunity to acquire the tools, methodologies, interdisciplinary perspectives, and substantive topic knowledge necessary to be successful analysts, managers, and leaders in public, nonprofit, and private organizations that cover a broad spectrum of environmental and natural resource issues.

Interested first-year MPA students will be eligible to complete the program option in their second year of study. Students who complete all of the required coursework will have the following listed on their transcript upon graduation: “Master of Public Administration (Environmental Policy).”

Requirements

  1. Completion of all MPA program core requirements, as outlined in the MPA Student Handbook, including 36 core credits, one values elective, fulfillment of the Evans School’s capstone requirement (preferably on an environmental topic), and completion of a total of 72 credits (of which at least 60 must be PUBPOL credits) to earn the MPA degree.
  2. Completion of at least four of the following elective courses (not every course will be offered every year):
    • PUBPOL 538 International Organizations & Ocean Management
    • PUBPOL 547 Water Resource Economics
    • PUBPOL 565 GIS & Public Policy
    • PUBPOL 582 Communicating Climate Change
    • PUBPOL 587 Native Nations, Lands, & Waters
    • PUBPOL 589 Risk Assessment for Environmental Health Hazards
    • PUBPOL 590 Environmental Policy
    • PUBPOL 592 Resource Policy & Administration
    • PUBPOL 594 Economics Approaches to Environmental Management
    • PUBPOL 595 Energy & Climate Policy
    • PUBPOL 595 Environmental Governance in the Developing World
    • PUBPOL 596 Environmental Risks & Values
    • PUBPOL 597 Environmental Decision Analysis
  3. PUBPOL 590: Environmental Policy is recommended as the broad survey course, but it is not required. 
  4. All program option courses must be taken for a numerical grade (i.e., courses cannot be taken Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory).

International Development

The International Development program option offers students a foundation for addressing complex questions of poverty and development. The goal of the program option within is threefold: to understand the main debates, players, policies and values within international development; to be familiar with a common set of skills and applied approaches; and to appreciate the perspectives and methods that other disciplines bring to address current development challenges.

Interested first-year MPA students will be eligible to complete the program option in their second year of study. Students who complete all of the required coursework will have the following listed on their transcript upon graduation: “Master of Public Administration (International Development).”

Requirements

  1. Completion of all MPA program requirements, as outlined in the MPA Student Handbook, including 36 core credits, one values elective, fulfillment of the Evans School’s capstone requirement (recommended, but not required, to be on a topic related to international development), and completion of a total of 72 credits (of which at least 60 must be PUBPOL credits) to earn the MPA degree.
  2. Completion of one of the two following courses:
    1. PUBPOL 531 Development Management and Governance (typically offered in Autumn Quarter) examines the characteristics of development policy and aid institutions and explores the ethical and practical considerations of managing development projects at the national and local levels; or,
    2. PUBPOL 533 Economics of International Development (typically offered in Winter Quarter) critically examines the most common economic development indicators of poverty, growth and inequality, and provides an overview of, and basic literacy around, international macroeconomic topics including debt, aid, trade, and financial markets.
  3. Completion of at least two of the following elective courses (not every course will be offered every year):
    • PUBPOL 534 Food and Agricultural Policy in Developing Countries
    • PUBPOL 535 American Foreign Policy
    • PUBPOL 537 Development Practice: Financial Inclusion and Poverty Reduction
    • PUBPOL 536 Diagnosing and Reforming Corrupt Systems
    • PUBPOL 538 International Organizations & Ocean Management
    • PUBPOL 539 Values in International Development
    • PUBPOL 541 Role of NGOs in International Development
    • PUBPOL 555 Social Enterprise: New Models for Mission-Based Business
    • PUBPOL 595 Environmental Governance in the Developing World
    • PUBPOL 599 Advanced Program Evaluation
  1. All program option courses must be taken for a numerical grade (i.e., courses cannot be taken Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory).

Leadership and Decision-Making

The Leadership and Decision-Making program option prepares Evans School students to become reflective individuals of integrity and skill to further the common good in institutions and policy. The option focuses upon the self-development of ethical and effective habits of thought, skilled deliberation, deployable frames of judgment, as well as personal self-awareness of values and character. It is designed to develop the cognitive and emotional skills and discipline to initiate change in people, organizations, and culture, based on scientific understanding of these processes. This option goes beyond the Evans MPA management core courses, targeting competencies not addressed directly in other options. 

Interested first-year MPA students will be eligible to complete the program option in their second year of study. Students who complete all of the required coursework will have the following listed on their transcript upon graduation: “Master of Public Administration (Leadership and Decision-Making).”

Requirements

  1. Completion of all MPA program requirements, as outlined in the MPA Student Handbook, including 36 core credits, one values elective, fulfillment of the Evans School’s capstone requirement, and completion of a total of 72 credits (of which at least 60 must be PUBPOL credits) to earn the MPA degree.
  2. Completion of one of the four following courses (students may take more than one of these courses and count them toward completion of the program option):
    • PUBPOL 502 Strategy for Public Leaders
    • PUBPOL 503 Executive Leadership
    • PUBPOL 504 Leadership Ethics for the Public Interest
    • PUBPOL 515 Decision Making and Psychology for Public Leaders (not offered 2018-19).
  3. Completion of at least two of the following elective courses (not every course will be offered every year):
    • PUBPOL 507 Mediation and Negotiation
    • PUBPOL 509 Managing People in Public and Nonprofit Agencies
    • PUBPOL 531 Development Management and Governance
    • PUBPOL 550 Managing Nonprofit and Philanthropic Organizations
    • PUBPOL 558 Collaboration and Management Across Sectors
    • PUBPOL 559 Quadruple Bottom Line Performance
    • PUBPOL 560 Inequality, Governance, and Policy in the Metropolitan Region
    • PUBPOL 563 Intergroup Relations and Public Policy
    • PUBPOL 567 Community Engagement and Urban Governance
  4. All program option courses must be taken for a numerical grade (i.e., courses cannot be taken Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory).

Nonprofit Management and Social Innovation

The Nonprofit Management and Social Innovation program option provides MPA students the opportunity to develop the management and leadership skills and substantive topic knowledge necessary to be successful managers and leaders in nonprofit, philanthropic and social sector organizations.

Interested first-year MPA students will be eligible to complete the program option in their second year of study. Students who complete all of the required coursework will have the following listed on their transcript upon graduation: “Master of Public Administration (Nonprofit Management).”

Requirements

  1. Completion of all MPA program requirements, as outlined in the MPA Student Handbook, including 36 core credits, one values elective, fulfillment of the Evans School’s capstone requirement, and completion of a total of 72 credits (of which at least 60 must be PUBPOL credits) to earn the MPA degree.
  2. Completion of PUBPOL 550 Managing Nonprofit and Philanthropic Organizations (two sections will be offered in Autumn 2018). Focuses upon the roles played by nonprofit organizations in meeting the public good. Examines internal management issues such as structure, budget, and operations; and external issues such as board functions, legal status, marketing, media relations, and fundraising.
  3. Completion of at least three of the following elective courses (not every course will be offered every year):
    • PUBPOL 503 Executive Leadership
    • PUBPOL 509 Managing People in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
    • PUBPOL 541 Role of NGOs in International Development
    • PUBPOL 551 Measuring Social Impact: Advanced Program Design and Evaluation
    • PUBPOL 552 Philanthropy & Society
    • PUBPOL 553 Nonprofit Financial Management (highly recommended)
    • PUBPOL 555 Funding the Social Sector
    • PUBPOL 555 Marketing Social Innovation
    • PUBPOL 555 Nonprofit Advocacy and Public Policy
    • PUBPOL 555 Social Enterprise: New Models for Mission-Based Business
    • PUBPOL 558 Collaboration and Management Across Sectors
    • PUBPOL 559 Quadruple Bottom Line Performance
  1. All program option courses must be taken for a numerical grade (i.e., courses cannot be taken Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory).

Public Financial Management

The Public Financial Management program option provides students the opportunity to understand how finance works through management and policy lens. The curriculum places emphasis on the effective management of resources in complex environments. Students will develop an appreciation of the role of finance from both an internal managerial perspective (financial management) and an external policy perspective (public budgeting and finance). They will develop an array of analytical tools, including cost analysis and budgeting, cost-benefit analysis, contract management, public sector accounting, financial statement analysis, capital improvement analysis, investment management, and debt management. They will be required to demonstrate how a wide-variety of tools and techniques inform strategy and policy decisions.

Interested first-year MPA students will be eligible to complete the program option in their second year of study. Students who complete all of the required coursework will have the following listed on their transcript upon graduation: “Master of Public Administration (Public Financial Management).”

Requirements

  1. Completion of all MPA program requirements, as outlined in the MPA Student Handbook, including 36 core credits, one values elective, fulfillment of the Evans School’s capstone requirement, and completion of a total of 72 credits (of which at least 60 must be PUBPOL credits) to earn the MPA degree.
  2. Completion of at least four of the following elective courses (not every course will be offered every year):
    • PUBPOL 518 Applied Cost Benefit Analysis
    • PUBPOL 521 Managing Public Grants and Contracts
    • PUBPOL 523 Advanced Budgeting in the Public Sector
    • PUBPOL 524 Public Sector Financing
    • PUBPOL 553 Nonprofit Financial Management
    • PUBPOL 556 Public-Private Partnerships
    • PUBPOL 557 Financial Modeling for the Public Sector (formerly Management and Public Capital Markets)
    • PUBPOL 599 Tax Policy Analysis
    • PUBPOL 599 Taxes and Social Policy
  1. All program option courses must be taken for a numerical grade (i.e., courses cannot be taken Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory).

Social Policy

The Social Policy program option prepares students for careers in government and nonprofit organizations involved in the design, implementation, management, and evaluation of education and social policies. Coursework in this area develops students’ ability to bring policy analysis and management tools to bear on issues in education and social policy. Also, it helps students understand how policies and programs affect, and are affected by, the family, the market economy, and government and nonprofit institutions.

Interested first-year MPA students will be eligible to complete the program option in their second year of study. Students who complete all of the required coursework will have the following listed on their transcript upon graduation: “Master of Public Administration (Social Policy).”

Requirements

  1. Completion of all MPA program requirements, as outlined in the MPA Student Handbook, including 36 core credits, one values elective, fulfillment of the Evans School’s capstone requirement, and completion of a total of 72 credits (of which at least 60 must be PUBPOL credits) to earn the MPA degree.
  2. Completion of at least three of the following elective courses (not every course will be offered every year):
    • PUBPOL 562 Immigration Policy
    • PUBPOL 564 Housing and Social Policy
    • PUBPOL 569 Race and Public Policy
    • PUBPOL 570 Foundations of Social Policy
    • PUBPOL 571 Education, the Workforce, and Public Policy
    • PUBPOL 573 Crime and Punishment Policy
    • PUBPOL 573 Equity in Employment
    • PUBPOL 573 Homelessness
    • PUBPOL 573 Income Inequality
    • PUBPOL 573 Policy and Governance of K-12 Education
    • PUBPOL 573 Public Policy, Law, and Equity
    • PUBPOL 576 Poverty and Anti-Poverty in the United States
    • PUBPOL 578 Asset Building for Low Income Families
    • PUBPOL 579 Child Well-Being and Public Policy
  1. All program option courses must be taken for a numerical grade (i.e., courses cannot be taken Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory).

UW Graduate Students: Certificates

The Evans School offers two certificates for which all UW graduate students are eligible to apply. Applications for the 2019-20 academic year will open in March 2019. Each certificate includes required and elective coursework and a final portfolio and short analytic paper.

International Development Certificate

The International Development Policy and Management Certificate program (IDCP) offers students a foundation for addressing complex questions of poverty and development. The goal of the certificate within the student’s UW study is threefold: to understand the main debates, players, policies and values within international development; to be familiar with a common set of skills and applied approaches; and to appreciate the perspectives and methods that other disciplines bring to address current development challenges. The certificate is a cohort model that builds a network of individuals across campus with similar interests. 

2018-19 Requirements

The certificate requires that students complete 9 credits of core course material and two electives (6-8 credits) that cover areas or methods focused on international development.

1. Three core courses (9 credits total). 

  • PUBPOL 531: Development Management and Governance (Autumn Quarter; 4 credits) examines the characteristics of development policy and aid institutions and explores the ethical and practical considerations of managing development projects at the national and local levels. Sample syllabus
  • PUBPOL 533: Economics of International Development (Winter Quarter; 4 credits) critically examines the most common economic development indicators of poverty, growth, and inequality, and provides an overview of, and basic literacy around, international macroeconomic topics including debt, aid, trade, and financial markets. Sample syllabus
  • PUBPOL 598: International Development Certificate Portfolio (Spring Quarter; 1 credit) A portfolio and short analytic paper developed by each student, reflecting upon the key learning experiences of the program. The portfolio will consist of a set of papers completed through the ICDP courses, while the analytic paper will act as a reflective analytic summary of the portfolio, coursework, and student learning in the IDCP program.

2. Two elective courses (6-8 credits total) that cover areas or methods focused on international development, chosen from a list of approved electives

Completion of the International Development Certificate will be acknowledged on the student’s official UW transcript. 

Students are encouraged to review the UW Graduate School policies on certificate programs, noting in particular the following: “The overlap of coursework applied towards both programs [certificate program and degree program] must not exceed 6 credits and is limited to elective coursework in each program.”

Eligibility and Admissions

Students currently enrolled in graduate programs at the University of Washington may apply during their first year of graduate study to complete the program during their second year (Ph.D. students are welcome to complete the program over multiple years). Only UW graduate students are eligible to apply for this certificate. 

The application deadline was April 15, 2018.

The application includes:

  • A coversheet that includes your name, contact information, and a list of the documents submitted
  • A letter of application with the following four sections, each between 125–250 words:
    • A narrative introducing yourself, your background, areas of interest, professional and academic experience, strengths, and future intentions.
    • A description of your professional experience, internationally and/or domestically, including what you did, where you were, what you learned, relevant technical and language skills, and other accomplishments or experiences.
    • A description of your areas of interest within relief and/or development and how you would contribute to the diversity of disciplines, perspectives, regions, and experiences of your cohort class.
    • An explanation of how this certificate program will help you meet your academic and professional goals, answering the question, “Why does it make sense for you to earn this certificate?”
  • A current resume listing both educational and professional experience.
  • University of Washington transcript (unofficial is fine; minimum GPA 3.0)

For more information, contact Caitlin Blomquist at devcert@uw.edu or 206.616.1613.

*Please note, effective 2017-18:  the International Development Certificate Program is primarily designed for UW graduate students outside of the Evans School.  Evans School MPA students interested in pursuing a transcriptable option in international development are encouraged to pursue the International Development Program Option, which may be completed within the 72 credits required for the MPA degree.  Evans School MPA students may apply for the International Development Certificate Program, however, completion of both the MPA and certificate program will require 84 or more total credits (as no more than 6 credits can be shared between one's degree program and certificate program).  Evans School students are encouraged to consult with Student Services staff with any questions.

Nonprofit Management Certificate

The Nonprofit Management Certificate program (NMCP) gives you the tools and framework needed to meet the increasing challenges facing the nonprofit sector today. 

2018-19 Requirements

The program provides students with fundamental knowledge of the nonprofit sector through one core course and four elective courses:

  • PUBPOL 550 Managing Nonprofit and Philanthropic Organizations (4 credits). Sample syllabus

This course is required of all NMCP students and two sections will be offered in Autumn Quarter 2018. PUBPOL 550 addresses management and policy challenges in nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, emphasizing the environment within which nonprofit work is performed, distinctive characteristics of nonprofits, legal requirements, cultural values, and leadership.

  • Four elective courses (totaling 12-16 credits) in management, leadership, or policy analysis, chosen from a list of approved electives that broaden the basic knowledge base for nonprofit management. At least two electives must be taken within the Evans School
  • A portfolio and short analytic paper developed by each student and due Spring Quarter, reflecting upon the key learning experiences of the program. The portfolio will typically consist of a set of papers completed through the NMCP courses, while the analytic paper will act as a reflective analytic summary of the portfolio, coursework, and student learning in the NMCP program.

Completion of the Nonprofit Management Certificate Program will be acknowledged on the student’s official UW transcript. 

Students are encouraged to review the UW Graduate School policies on certificate programs, noting in particular the following: “The overlap of coursework applied towards both programs [certificate program and degree program] must not exceed 6 credits and is limited to elective coursework in each program.”

Eligibility and Admissions

Students currently enrolled in graduate programs at the University of Washington may apply during their first year of graduate study to complete the program during their second year (Ph.D. students are welcome to complete the program over multiple years). Only UW graduate students are eligible to apply for this certificate. 

The application deadline was April 15, 2018.

The application includes:

  • A coversheet that includes your name, degree program, and contact information
  • One 400-500 word cover letter that describes your background, experience, perspectives on the nonprofit/NGO sector, and motivation for applying to the program
  • Current resume
  • UW transcript (unofficial is fine; minimum 3.0 GPA)

For more information, contact Caitlin Blomquist at nmcp@uw.edu or 206.616.1613.

*Please note, effective 2017-18:  the Nonprofit Management Certificate Program is primarily designed for UW graduate students outside of the Evans School.  Evans School MPA students interested in pursuing a transcriptable option in nonprofit management are encouraged to pursue the Nonprofit Management and Social Innovation Program Option, which may be completed within the 72 credits required for the MPA degree.  Evans School MPA students may apply for the Nonprofit Management Certificate Program, however, completion of both the MPA and certificate program will require 86 or more total credits (as no more than 6 credits can be shared between one's degree program and certificate program).  Evans School students are encouraged to consult with Student Services staff with any questions.