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Ranked among the nation’s top programs and situated in the beautiful and thriving city of Seattle, the Evans School is defined by a tradition of rigorous study and innovative research. Our students acquire the knowledge, technical skills, management expertise, and political acumen to be effective leaders in government, nonprofit organizations, and private companies across the country and throughout the world.

Application Instructions

General Requirements for All Applicants

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). Your application will be more competitive if you have academic or professional exposure to government and policymaking, undergraduate coursework in algebra, microeconomics, or statistics (calculus for Ph.D. applicants), and exceptional writing skills. Our admissions committee looks for candidates who demonstrate the ability to sustain a high level of performance in their selected programs and the potential to make important contributions to public service. 

Specific requirements and application deadlines vary by program and are detailed below. International students can find information about UW's Graduate School English Language Proficiency Requirements here

The Evans School MPA

Application Instructions

Deadline: All application materials must be received online by January 15. Contact evansadm@uw.edu to request approval of late documents. If you intend to apply after the January 15 deadline, please contact us at evansadm@uw.edu or 206-543-4900. International students are strongly encouraged to submit all admissions materials by December 15 to ensure a timely admissions review process.

Step 1

Gather your required 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 reason(s) for applying to the program.

    • 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 and management.

  • 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. 

  • TOEFL scores for international students. Please see our international applicant information

    • As of May 1, 2017, the Evans School no longer accepts IELTS scores as a measure of English language proficiency. Please contact the admissions team at evansadm@uw.edu or 206-543-4900 if you have any questions. 

Step 2

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

Questions & Assistance

For questions and more information about the application process -- or to learn about our Concurrent Degree programs -- contact Student Services at evansadm@uw.edu or 206-543-4900. 

 

Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA)

Deadline

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Applications are accepted for Autumn Quarter only.  

Step 1

Gather your required University of Washington (UW) Graduate School and Evans School application materials:

  • Application fee of $85 for completing the online application to the UW Graduate School and Evans School.
  • Resume including:
    • Relevant academic, professional, volunteer, or military experience
    • Academic and/or professional honors, prizes, or scholarships
    • Leadership positions
    • Professional associations or memberships, if any
    • Statement of purpose describing in 750 words or less:
      • Yourself and your reason(s) for applying to this program.
      • Your expectations of the Executive MPA 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 and management.
    • Transcripts from each college or university you have attended. Unofficial copies of your transcripts may be uploaded with your online application. If offered admission to the EMPA program, the UW Graduate School will require official transcripts (in sealed envelopes that have not been tampered with) to verify the completion of your bachelor’s degree (and master’s degree, if you have one).
    • Three letters of reference to be submitted electronically by those writing the recommendations after you complete the UW Graduate School and Evans School online application. Three letters are required, and up to five letters may be submitted. Letters of reference should come from people who are familiar with your professional work and ability to do well in graduate school. Your recommenders are welcome to contact us with any questions about submitting their letters.
    • English language proficiency test scores for international students. Please see contact Executive MPA staff for more information.

    Step 2

    Complete the UW Graduate School online application for the Evans School. During this process, you will be asked to identify which Evans School program you are applying to, and should choose Public Policy & Governance - Daniel J. Evans School - Executive Master of Public Administration as your degree option. You will then be directed to the appropriate Evans School portion of the application to submit the majority of your required application materials.

    Step 3

    If you need to mail any of your application materials (such as transcripts if you are unable to upload legible copies online), our mailing address is:

    Evans School of Public Policy & Governance
    Executive MPA Admissions
    University of Washington, Parrington Hall
    Box 353055
    Seattle, WA 98195-3055

    For questions and more information about the application process, contact our Executive MPA office at execmpa@uw.edu or 206.616.0778.

    Part-Time MPA

    Application Instructions

    Please note: International students are not eligible for this program.

    Deadline: All application materials must be postmarked or received online by January 15. Contact evansadm@uw.edu to request approval of late documents. If you intend to apply after the January 15 deadline, please contact us at evansadm@uw.edu or 206.543.4900.

    Step 1

    Gather your required 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 reason(s) for applying to the program.
      • 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 and management.
    • 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.
    • Two or three letters of reference, 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. Two letters are required, and up to three letters may be submitted. Letters of reference should come from people who are familiar with your professional and academic abilities.
    • 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, and Public Administration as the department. GMAT scores are also accepted, but applicants are only required to submit GRE or GMAT scores, not both. 

    Step 2

    Complete the UW Graduate School online application for the Evans School. During this process, you will be asked to identify which Evans School program you are applying to, and should choose the Public Affairs - Master of Public Administration (Part-Time) option. You will then be directed to the appropriate Evans School portion of the application to submit the majority of your required application materials.

    For questions and more information about the application process, contact Student Services at evansadm@uw.edu or 206.543.4900.

     

    Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management

    Application Instructions

    Deadline: All application materials must be received online by January 15; otherwise your application will not be reviewed. Admission and funding offers will be made in March.

    Step 1

    Gather your required University of Washington (UW) Graduate School - 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 and professional affiliations

    • Writing sample of a sole-authored piece of work showing your analytic and writing capacity. The sample should be cut down to 30 pages or fewer if taken from a longer document.

    • Statement of purpose, describing in 750 words or less:

      • Yourself and your reason(s) for applying to the program.

      • Your research interests and how you see them matching the strengths of the Evans School.

      • Your expectations of the Ph.D. program in furthering your career objectives.

      • Your academic background, research, professional, and other experiences as well as any other factors relevant to your interest in public policy and management.

    • Unofficial transcripts from each college or university you have attended. Upon acceptance into the program, students will be asked to send an official copy of their transcript to the UW Graduate School office for degree verification purposes.

      • If you only have a bachelor’s degree, your application will be considered; however, we believe that students with master’s degrees in public policy, public administration, economics, sociology, political science, or related disciplines are, in general, better prepared for our Ph.D. program.

      • Admitted students will be required to complete a college-level course in calculus before enrolling in the Ph.D. program. The application asks about your prior calculus coursework. If you haven't previously taken calculus, you can detail your plan to do so if admitted into the program in this section. 

    • Three letters of recommendation, to be submitted electronically by your references after you complete the online application. At least two of the letters should be from faculty familiar with your academic work, and all three should address your capacity for pursuing an advanced research degree.

    • GRE scores need to be requested from the Educational Testing Service. GMAT scores are also accepted in place of the GRE, but the GRE is preferred. Have the scores sent to the University of Washington as the institution (code 4854).

    • TOEFL scores for international students from non-English speaking countries. Please see our international applicant information

      • As of May 1, 2017, the Evans School no longer accepts IELTS scores as a measure of English language proficiency. Please contact the admissions team at evansadm@uw.edu or 206-543-4900 if you have any questions. 

    • A research proposal is not required for the application, but we encourage you to review faculty members' bios and identify 2-3 whose research aligns with your interests.

    Step 2

    Complete the UW Graduate School online application for the Evans School. During this process, you will be asked to identify which Evans School program you are applying to. Select Public Policy & Governance - Daniel J. Evans School - Ph.D. (Public Policy & Management) as your degree option. You will then be directed to the appropriate Evans School portion of the application to submit the majority of your required application materials.

    Questions & Assistance

    For questions and more information about the application process, contact the Ph.D Program Coordinator at evansphd@uw.edu or 206.543.4900.