About the MPA Program

Yes. See our list of student ambassadors to connect with a current MPA student.

Yes. We host on-campus information sessions each spring and fall. See our Admissions Resources page for upcoming events.

Yes. the Evans School offers a number of formal and informal concurrent degree programs with other University of Washington departments. Contact the admissions team at evansadm@uw.edu or 206-543-4900 if you are interested in applying to a concurrent degree program.

Yes. Anyone can apply to register for classes for any quarter as a Graduate Non-Matriculated (GNM) student. If you are interested in learning more about studying as a GNM student, contact the admissions team at evansadm@uw.edu or 206-543-4900 prior to submitting your application.

Yes. Many of our students have part-time jobs or internships while in the program, particularly in the second year. Generally, we recommend that students in the full-time MPA program wait until after their first quarter to begin a part-time job or internship.

Absolutely! The Evans School takes the professional development of our students very seriously. We have an outstanding Career Development team that helps students define and achieve their career goals. You can see the career outcomes of our recent graduates from our employment report.

The Evans School’s faculty are top teachers and researchers in their fields, and we encourage everyone considering enrolling at the Evans School to explore the faculty directory. Whether or not to contact a faculty member directly depends on the timing and the reason for reaching out. If you’d like to reach out to a faculty member, please consult the admissions team first at evansadm@uw.edu.

Application Instructions

This is one of the most frequently asked questions from prospective students, and it’s also one of the most complex to answer.

Because our students come from diverse personal, academic, and professional backgrounds, we encourage prospective students to connect with Admissions staff through information sessions, application planning sessions, online webinars, and individual counseling appointments via phone, Skype, or in-person. Visit our Admissions Resources page for a schedule of upcoming sessions. You can schedule an appointment. with an admissions counselor here.

Among our incoming 2017 MPA class, about 25% of students had less than one year of work experience, about 60% had one to five years of work experience, and about 15% had more than five years of work experience.

There are no formal prerequisites for the MPA program. However, applicants with prior coursework in introductory microeconomics or statistics may be more competitive.  If you have not previously taken a college-level course in microeconomics or statistics, you may be interested in doing so at a local community college or university. You can include the grade(s) in your application.

Do applicants who choose to submit standardized test scores have an advantage over those submitting a Statement of Quantitative Preparation?

No, there is no advantage or disadvantage in the Admissions Committee’s review of applications regarding whether or not standardized test scores are included.  However, for applicants who do not have any prior quantitative coursework, it is particularly important that responses to the question prompt about preparation are thorough.

Can an applicant submit both standardized test scores and a Statement of Quantitative Preparation?

Applicants should submit either a Statement of Quantitative Preparation, or test scores, not both.

What if I received grades lower than B in quantitative coursework?

Please use your statement to reflect upon any particular hardships or circumstances that may have informed your grade(s) and why you believe you are better positioned for academic success in the quantitative coursework of the MPA program.

If I submit a Statement of Quantitative Preparation citing coursework not completed before submitting an application, and I am offered admission, what are the expectations for demonstrating that I have completed these courses?

If you plan to use future coursework toward your quantitative preparation, it will be important for you to achieve your demonstrated goals in order to be prepared for success in the rigorous first year core coursework of the MPA program.

I have been out of school for a few years.  Will my coursework and grades still be relevant and usable in demonstrating quantitative preparation?

Yes. Though it may have been some time since you have taken quantitative coursework, successful completion of past coursework still demonstrates quantitative preparation.

All applicants must upload their transcripts into the application portal.  Your transcripts should reflect the courses that you have indicated as part of your statement.

Can I share examples of past research and projects as part of my submission?

Yes. Though applicants should describe the work performed in academic or professional research and/or projects in the context of its relevance to the quantitative coursework in the MPA curriculum.

We require one letter of recommendation in order for your application to be processed. However, additional letters of recommendation typically increase the strength of an application. You can designate a maximum of three recommenders in the application.

We recommend designating faculty members from your undergraduate studies, and/or supervisors from a professional job. Additionally, we prefer that your recommenders submit using the online form.

Though we can continue to receive recommendations after the January 15 application deadline, we recommend engaging your recommenders before then.

Reach out to them directly and give them a friendly reminder. When logged into your application, you can have the system re-send them the email that has the link to where they can complete the recommendation. You can also track whether a recommendation has been completed or not.

The online application will not accommodate additional documents or other files, but applicants can embed links into their essays and/or resumes to highlight additional materials that are posted online.

No, we only require unofficial transcripts for the application. Admitted students will need to submit their official transcripts the summer before they start in the program.

For quantitative preparation for this fall, applicants may submit GRE/GMAT scores or, in lieu of GRE scores, a statement of quantitative preparation. You can learn more about these options on our MPA admissions page under Application Materials.

No, we do not a have minimum requirement for GRE scores. We review applications holistically, weighing test scores alongside your grades, prior professional and volunteer experience, letters of recommendation, and your statement of purpose.

No, we accept both the GRE and GMAT with no preference.

For GRE and/or TOEFL scores, request that ETS send the official scores electronically to the University of Washington, using institution code 4854.

For GMAT scores, request that GMAC send the official scores electronically to the full-time MBA program at the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington.

Please note that the University of Washington Graduate School no longer accepts IELTS scores. If you have any questions, please contact the admissions team at evansadm@uw.edu.

The University of Washington Graduate School requires that applicants have at least a 3.0 GPA in their last 60 graded semester credits or 90 graded quarter credits of study (this is usually the most recent two years of study).  However, admissions decisions are ultimately up to the discretion of the Evans School admissions committee.  If you have questions or concerns about your GPA, please contact the admissions team at evansadm@uw.edu.

No. We only accept applicants for autumn entry in our MPA, part-time MPA, and Ph.D. programs.

Yes. We welcome applications from a range of academic and professional backgrounds. Students who majored in STEM fields, the arts, humanities, and other areas help to provide a diversity of academic perspective within the MPA program.

Yes. Application fee waivers are managed by the UW Graduate School. This page outlines the policy and procedures.

Our interest areas are very flexible for Evans MPA students. Evans students get the opportunity to explore their interest areas in the second year, and often take a blend of classes across the different interest areas. Your responses help us get a sense of what applicants are interested in, but this can always change as students begin taking classes at the Evans School.


Yes, Both merit-based fellowships and need-based financial aid are available.

All applicants for admission to the Evans School who submit a complete application by January 15 are considered for Evans School fellowships. There is no additional application for fellowships, and awards are conveyed at the time of admission. About 30% of our admitted students are offered fellowships each year.

Need-based financial aid is administered by the University of Washington Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA). Applicants who submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by January 15 can expect to receive their financial aid information from OSFA by early April.

We also encourage applicants for admission to seek outside fellowships and funding sources. The University of Washington’s Graduate Information Funding Service (GFIS) blog aggregates funding opportunities for graduate applicants and students.

All Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV’s) who identify themselves as such in the application will be considered for Coverdell Fellowships, along with other Evans School fellowships. Fellowship recipients will be notified of their award at the time of admission.  Coverdell fellowships are competitive, and not all RPCV’s will receive fellowships.

International Students

If you are not a native speaker of English, you will need to demonstrate English language proficiency through your application.

The University of Washington Graduate School’s Memo 8 identifies all the ways applicants can demonstrate English proficiency.

If you are a native English speaker, there is a place to indicate that in the application. Nothing further is needed in that case.

Yes. The University of Washington Graduate School has a page with helpful information for international applicants.

I applied. Now what?

We work to send admissions decisions as quickly as we can, but the process requires time for deliberation. Typically, decisions begin going out mid-to-late February with all decisions sent by mid-March.

If you submit your application in the weeks before the January 15 deadline, you have a higher likelihood of hearing back from us sooner than mid-March.

Notifications are sent by email and are sent to the email address you listed in your application. Please add evansadm@uw.edu to your email contacts to ensure that you receive the decision email.

We consider deferral requests on a case-by-case basis. If you believe your circumstances merit consideration, please contact our Admissions team at evansadm@uw.edu.

We enroll roughly 175 students into the MPA class each year. Check out the MPA Class of 2018 profile page.