Global Master of Public Administration

Earn Two Degrees over Two Years in Two World Leading Universities:
The University of Washington plus
- Tsinghua University (China) or
- Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand).

The Global Master of Public Administration Degree

Seeking a career in international public affairs, or working on the connections between global and local problems?  Looking to signal to the job market your inter-cultural competencies and the ability to think and work across national contexts to apply policy and program innovations?  Interested in one of the specializations offered by our partners, in such areas as data science, e-Government, public policy and management?  If so, consider the newly revamped Evans School Global MPA with its two world-class partner universities

The Evans School is proud to announce the launch of a set of innovative dual degrees starting in the 2019 academic year. 

  • Global MPA students spend their first year plus one summer at the Evans School, completing the School's comprehensive core curriculum together with all the other MPA students of the cohort. 
  • They then spend their second year studying in one of our two Global MPA partner institutions, where they will have a broad range of elective and specialization possibilities.
  • Successful completion of both years earns the students two Masters degrees: the Evans School Global Master of Public Administration, and the partner institutions degree (see below).

Application Instructions

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Year One + Following Summer: Seattle

Degree Earned from the University of Washington: Global Master of Public Administration

Students take take entire Evans School core curriculum, comprising 36 credits, 6 credits of electives, and, over the summer session, 8 credits of the Capstone Project.

Core Curriculum (36 credits of core coursework)

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

Please see here for further description of the Evans School core curriculum.

Capstone Project (8 credits)

Students complete an Evans capstone project in the summer following their first year

Elective Coursework (6 credits)

Electives should be approved by the dual degree program coordinator at the Evans School. Students have flexibility to select from a variety of elective courses of interest. One of the courses selected should fulfill the values, ethics and equity elective requirement in the Evans School curriculum.

Sample Plan of Study

  Course Credits
PUBPOL 511 - Managing Politics & the Policy Process 4
PUBPOL 516 - Economics for Policy Analysis and Management 4
PUBPOL 522 - Budgeting and Financial Analysis 4
Total Autumn Credits 12
PUBPOL 512 – Managing Organizational Performance 4
PUBPOL 517 – Economics for Policy Analysis and Management II 4
PUBPOL 527 – Quantitative Analysis I 4
Elective Course(s) (typically, two 1-credit skills-building workshops) 2
Total Winter Credits 14
PUBPOL 513 – Public Policy Analysis 4
PUBPOL 526 – Program Evaluation 4
PUBPOL 528 – Quantitative Analysis II 4
Elective Course 4
Total Spring Credits 16
Summer following first year: Students to take 400-hour internship; note they may request exemption from it (see Exhibit B)
PUBPOL 608: Capstone Project: Data Science Focus (Summer A term following first year) 4
PUBPOL 608: Capstone Project: Data Science Focus (Summer B term following first year) 4
Year 1 plus summer following first year total credits 50


Year Two: Partner Institution

Partner: Tsinghua University, School of Public Policy & Management: Beijing, China

Degree Earned: Master of Public Administration (Big Data and Global Governance)

Coursework focusing on data analytics, followed by an academic thesis.  

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Partner: Victoria University of Wellington, School of Government: Wellington, New Zealand

Degree Earned: Choose from three options:

  • Master of Public Policy
  • Master of Public Management
  • Master of E-Government

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Note: Degrees earned are subject to successful completion of year at partner institution (in other words, one must complete both years to earn the two degrees).

Global Change

An interdisciplinary curriculum and project-based coursework prepares students to apply cutting-edge innovations in service of real world problem-solving. Global population health, democratization of emerging technologies, demands for transparency and social equity, climate change, corruption, economic cooperation, and power shifts are among the many challenges our students seek to address. Challenging times call for adaptive, transformative leaders.

Globally-Relevant Specializations

The program offers students the chance to develop both broad professional skills as a public manager as well as a specializations in areas of our partners expertise. For instance, Tsinghua University is a leader in data science applications within public policy, and Victoria University of Wellington offers an exciting specialization in E-Government as well as a focus on public management innovations that have drawn worldwide attention over the past twenty years.

Global Network

The program brings together policymakers, influencers, activists and entrepreneurs from multiple country contexts. As both a student and future alumni of two world-class institutions, your relationships will be your most powerful tool. Through ongoing engagement and friendships, advice and mentorship, opportunities through extended connections, and access to key influencers and decision makers, the Evans School and partner networks are platforms for your success.

The Fine Print

The Global Master of Public Administration differs from the regular two-year Evans School MPA in some key ways, especially related to application procedure, tuition, student financial aid, and eligibility for selected funding opportunities.

FAQ and Estimated Cost

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m interested in both the ‘regular’ two-year MPA and the Global MPA.  Can I apply to both?  No – you should apply to one or the other.  However, if you gain admission, you may have a window of opportunity to put in a request to switch from the ‘regular’ MPA into Global, or vice versa, which will be considered on a case-by-case basis as space and time needed to clear enrollment procedures allow.

Which program – the ‘regular’ two-year MPA or the Global MPA – is easier to get admitted into?  The Evans School applies the same standards to the entire pool of MPA students.  In addition to the Evans School, applicants must be admitted to the partner institution as well.  The Evans School admissions standards are consistent with those of the partner institutions, so we do not expect there to be many cases in which a student is admitted to Evans but rejected by the partner, but it is theoretically possible.

What is the application procedure? 

If you are a citizen of the People's Republic of China who is applying to the Evans-Tsinghua dual degree

You need to first obtain admission to Tsinghua, in a process that includes writing the National Graduate School Entrance Examination and other steps.

For all other applicants: You will first apply to the Evans School Global MPA, ideally by the usual January 15 deadline, though later applications will be considered as well on a space-available basis.

Once you obtain an offer of admission to Evans, you will then need apply to the partner institution.  Please note the following:

  1. You are encouraged to apply to the partner as soon as possible, but no later than one month after receiving an admissions offer from the Evans School.  (You will receive instructions on applying to the partner your admissions letter from Evans.)  
  2. Once you apply to the partner, you should receive their admissions decision within one month.  If this partner decision is positive, you are considered to be officially admitted to the dual degree.  If it is negative, you may either apply to a different Global MPA partner, if there is still time, or you may have the option to convert your Evans School Global MPA admission offer to the two-year Evans School MPA program, as long as you do so before April 15.
  3. The Evans School is unable for legal reasons to forward your application materials to the partner institution.  Therefore, you should plan to have letters of recommendation, transcripts and (if applicable) TOEFL scores on hand or ready to be sent to the partner institution so as not to experience any delay in your admissions process.

If I am an international student, will I be eligible for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT)? International students in the Evans School's Global MPA program will generally be eligible for CPT in the summer following completion of their first academic year at the Evans School, to pursue an internship opportunity in the U.S. However, international students will not be eligible for OPT following the degree program's completion, given that the second academic year is at a partner institution overseas.

If I am a U.S. student, will I be eligible for federal financial aid? U.S. based students will be eligible for federal financial aid for the first academic year of the Global MPA program at the Evans School, including in the summer. However, we anticipate that U.S. students will not be eligible for federal financial aid for the portion of the academic program at the partner institution.

I understand that the Global MPA program is a fee-based, self-sustaining program at the UW. What does that mean? The UW has many fee-based programs, including the Global MPA program. More information about the distinctions between fee-based and state-funded programs may be found on the UW Office of the Registrar's website. In particular, please note that Global MPA students are ineligible for the full range of fellowship and funding opportunities at the UW. However, applicants will still be considered for stipend awards over their first year of study at Evans, and may be eligible for assistance in their second year from the partner institution.

2018-19 Estimated Program Cost

The estimated cost for the Global MPA program at the Evans School in 2018-19 is:

  • $1,100 per quarter credit for the 50 required credits at the Evans School = an estimated $55,000
  • Estimated $445 quarterly UW required program and student fees for 4 academic quarters at the Evans School (Autumn, Winter, and Spring Quarter in Year One and the final Summer Quarter for the capstone requirement following Year Two at Tsinghua)
  • Estimated total for the Evans School's Global MPA portion, over 4 academic quarters = $56,780

The estimated cost for Year Two of the Global MPA program at Tsinghua University (tuition only, not including living expenses): $18,111 for non-Chinese nationals and $8,904 for Chinese nationals. *These are estimates converting the Chinese Yuan (RMB) to United States Dollars.

The estimated cost for Year Two of the Global MPA program at the Victoria University of Wellington (tuition only, not including living expenses): $10,131 for New Zealand students and $18,643 for all others. *These are estimates converting the New Zealand Dollars to United States Dollars.