Turn your passion into action with MPA Admissions

The MPA admissions team is available to support applicants in submitting a strong application to the Evans School's full-time and part-time MPA program. Start your application today to take advantage of our innovative learning environment, our dynamic community, and our dedicated career development program for MPA students.  

Application Deadline: January 15, 2020 

Prepare your Application 

The Evans School values the diversity of experience, culture and talent of our students. You aren’t just a GPA and a set of test scores. We want to know more.

Prerequisites & Work Experience 

All applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and a minimum 3.0 GPA during their last 90 undergraduate credit hours of a quarterly schedule (60 credit hours of a semester schedule). The MPA Admissions Committee evaluates applications based on previous academic or professional exposure to government and policymaking, undergraduate work in mathematics, microeconomics, or statistics, and exceptional writing skills. 

Strengthen your application with support from MPA Admissions.  

Application Materials 

Part-time and full-time applicants gather the following required Evans School application materials: 

  • Application fee of $85 (U.S.). 
  • Resume, including: 
    • Relevant academic, professional, volunteer, or military experience. 
    • Academic and/or professional honors, prizes, or scholarships. 
    • Leadership positions. 
    • Societies and clubs to which you belong. 
  • Statement of purpose, describing in 750 words or fewer: 
    • Yourself and your experience in the context of your decision to pursue the MPA degree and a public service career 
    • Your expectations of the program in furthering your career objectives 
    • Your academic background, extracurricular activities, professional experiences, community and/or volunteer work, and any other factors relevant to your interest in public policy 
  • Unofficial transcripts from each college or university you have attended. Once accepted to your program of choice, you will be asked to send official transcripts to the UW Graduate School directly. 
  • One to three letters of recommendation, to be submitted electronically by your recommenders through the online application system. You must start the online application and submit the names and email addresses of your recommenders before they can upload the letters. An application is not complete without at least one letter, and up to three letters may be submitted. Letters should come from people who are familiar with your professional and academic abilities. 
  • Official GRE scores need to be requested from the Educational Testing Service, which can be contacted at 609.771.7670. Have the scores sent electronically to the University of Washington as the institution (code 4854), and Public Administration as the department (code 4801). GRE scores take 1-2 weeks from the time you order the scores to post to your application. GMAT scores are also accepted, but applicants are only required to submit GRE or GMAT scores, not both. 
  • If you are not a native speaker of English, you will need to demonstrate English language proficiency through your application. As of May 1, 2017, the Evans School no longer accepts IELTS scores as a measure of English language proficiency. The University of Washington Graduate School’s Memo 8 identifies all the ways applicants can demonstrate English proficiency. The most common ways to demonstrate English proficiency are:
    • Providing official TOEFL scores. The University of Washington requires a minimum total score of 92 for graduate study, but applicants generally need to score at least in the high 90s to be considered for admission to the Evans School.
    • Through a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from an accredited institution in the United States, Australia, the Bahamas, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, New Zealand, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, or the United Kingdom.

Application Instructions

Complete the UW Graduate School online application for the Evans School. During this process, you will be asked to identify which Evans School degree program for your application. Select Public Policy & Governance - Daniel J. Evans School - Master of Public Administration as your degree option. Part-time applicants should select the part-time MPA option in the UW Graduate School online application.

You will then be directed to the appropriate Evans School portion of the application to submit the majority of your required application materials. 

Submit your Application

Questions & Assistance 

Still curious about the Evans School experience? Ask our Evans School Student Ambassadors about their first-year experiences, life in Seattle, transitioning to graduate school and more!

For questions and more information about the application process - including requests for late application - please review the FAQ on MPA Admissions and contact evansadm@uw.edu or 206-543-4900.