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Global Master of Public Administration

Two Degrees, Two Years, Several Leading Universities

The Evans School’s Global Master of Public Administration will prepare you to thrive in public sector organizations that work across borders. With theory and a practical skillset unique to two cultural contexts, you will be equipped with the skills you need to improve public policy, pursue powerful ideas and advance your capacity to lead internationally.

At the end of the program, you will graduate with two master’s degrees in two years—about two years sooner than if you earned them one after the other. You will practice intercultural competencies, unpack global challenges and leverage the strengths of the Evans School’s and our partner institutions’ curriculum.

Take the first step in being part of an extraordinary cohort of individuals prepared for public and non-profit leadership across the globe.

How it Works:

  • Apply and be admitted to the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance and one of our three partner institutions.
  • Spend year one at the Evans School in Seattle, Washington, completing a comprehensive core curriculum with all other first-year MPA students.
  • Spend year two studying a broad range of core, electives and specializations with one of our partners.
  • Graduate with two Masters Degrees: the Global MPA and the degree offered by one of our partners (several degrees are available).

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    YEAR ONE: EVANS SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY & GOVERNANCE

    Students earn a Global Master of Public Administration through the full Evans School core curriculum, electives and 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.

    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.

    Capstone Project (8 credits)

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

    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

    Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

    Division of Public Policy
    Hong Kong SAR, China

    • Master of Public Policy

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    Victoria University of Wellington

    School of Government
    Wellington, New Zealand

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

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    Tsinghua University

    School of Public Policy & Management
    Beijing, China

    • Master of Public Administration: Big Data & Global Governance

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    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 the Evans School two-year MPA and the Global MPA.  Can I apply to both? 

    Unfortunately, no – we will only accept applications to one or the other. However, if you are admitted to either program, you may request to transition from one to the other. This will be considered on a case-by-case basis as space and time for enrollment procedures allows.  In addition, if you are admitted to the Evans School Global MPA but not to the international partner for any reason, you can automatically transition to the two-year Evans MPA.

    Is the Evans School two-year MPA or the Global MPA easier to be admitted into?  

    The Evans School applies the same standards to the entire pool of MPA students.  In addition to being admitted to the Evans School, applicants also must be admitted to the partner institution. Evans School admissions standards are consistent with those of the partner institutions. While we do not expect there to be cases in which a student is admitted to the Evans School but rejected by the partner, it is possible.

    What is the application procedure? 

    Evans School – Tsinghua University:

    If you are a citizen of the People’s Republic of China, you must first obtain admission to Tsinghua in a process that includes writing the National Graduate School Entrance Examination, among other steps. Click here for application information for admission to Tsinghua University.

    Evans School – Hong Kong University of Science and Technology:

    You may apply to both the Evans School and HKUST simultaneously. Click here for application information for admission to HKUST.

    Evans School – Wellington (and other partners):

    You will first apply to the Evans School Global MPA and obtain an offer of admissions. Then, you will continue with your application to the partner institution of your choosing. Please note:

    1. If you have applied already to the partner institution before hearing about the Global MPA please continue with your application to the Evans School Global MPA.
    2. Apply to the partner institution as soon as possible, but no later than two weeks after receiving an admissions offer from the Evans School. You will receive instructions on applying to the partner in your admissions letter from Evans.  
    3. Once you apply to the partner institution, you should receive their admissions decision within one month.  If you are offered admissions by the partner institution, you are will be officially admitted to the dual degree.  If you are denied admission by the partner institution, you may either apply to a different Global MPA partner or convert your Evans School Global MPA admission to the two-year Evans School MPA program, if done so by April 15th.
    4. The Evans School is able to streamline your application process. With your written permission, we will forward your application materials to the partner institution. 

    I am an international student. Am I 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 to pursue an internship opportunity in the United States through CPT during the summer following completion of their first three quarters at the Evans School, while completing their 4th quarter (Summer Quarter) at the Evans School. However, because the second academic year is at a partner institution overseas, international students will not be eligible for OPT following the degree program's completion.

    I am a U.S. student. Am I 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 summer courses. However, U.S. students will not be eligible for federal financial aid for the portion of the academic program at the partner institution overseas.

    I understand that the Global MPA program is a fee-based, self-sustaining program at the UW. What does that mean? The University of Washington 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 the Evans School and may be eligible for assistance in their second year from the partner institution.

    2018-19 Estimated Program Cost

    Year One:

    Evans School: $56,780 for four academic quarters

    • $55,000 for 50 required credits ($1,100 per quarter credit)
    • $1780 for required quarterly program and student fees ($445 per quarter)

    Year Two:

    Tsinghua University

    • $18,111 for non-Chinese nationals, $8,904 for Chinese nationals for tuition only (Note: Estimated based on exchange rate for Chinese Yuan (RMB) to United States Dollars).

    Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

    • $16,180 for tuition and health insurance only (Note: Estimated based on exchange rate for Hong Kong Dollars to United States Dollars)

    Victoria University of Wellington

    • $18,643 for non-New Zealand nationals, $10,131 for New Zealand nationals for tuition only (Note: Estimated, based on exchange rate for New Zealand Dollars to United States Dollars).

    Important Information about Federal Student Loan Eligibility & Ineligibility

    The UW Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) has confirmed that U.S. federal aid (federal student loans) will not be available to U.S. students for the entire two-year Global MPA program.  It is important for all Global MPA students to be aware that:
    • Global MPA students who are U.S. citizens are eligible for U.S. federal student loans during their first year of study in Seattle, at the Evans School. 
    • However, Global MPA students will not be able to access federal student loans during the period of international enrollment at the partner institution. 
    • During the period of enrollment at the international partner institution, a student may not be eligible for the deferment of payment of their federal student loans. 
    • The UW does not endorse particular private lenders nor can the UW OSFA provide any confirmation of whether an individual student will be able to secure a private loan.
    Should a Global MPA student secure and choose to use private education loans for their enrollment at the international partner institution, those loans cannot be consolidated into the federal loan program and thus will necessitate an additional monthly repayment alongside any federal loans previously taken out.