Global Master of Public Administration

Two world-class universities. One life-changing experience.

The Global Master of Public Administration Degree

Affiliated with the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX) between the University of Washington and Tsinghua University, this two-year, dual-degree program is designed as a launch pad for students interested in global issues. The program combines two world-class institutions: the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance ranks #6 among U.S. public affairs schools, and Beijing's Tsinghua University ranks #2 among China's best global universities (U.S. World & News Report, 2017). 

The Global Master of Public Administration aims to produce graduates who can think rigorously about the application of innovative tools and approaches to the major problems confronting cities, regions, countries and international organizations today. Graduates will also learn to think comparatively about how the governance, social, cultural and economic contexts they work within affect the way in which technological and other innovations play out.  Graduates will have demonstrated a set of analytical and intercultural skills-sets and experiences that are in high demand in an increasingly globalized world.

Global MPA students complete an applied capstone project over the summer between their first and second years.  This project – the Student Consulting Lab experience – will enable them to further develop their specialization, expand networks in the community, and create a significant sample of work, all while being based anywhere in the world.

Application Instructions

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Global Problem Analysis and Solution Design

  • Navigate the increasingly globalized and complex policy world.
  • Diagnose global challengers that impact economics and quality of life.
  • Apply evidence-based policy design skills.
  • Design socially innovative and equitable solutions.

Policy Making through Deep Data Analysis

  • Apply multivariate econometric and cost-benefit analysis methods to address a real-world global problem.
  • Interpret micro and macroeconomics in public policy, growth, and stability.
  • Compare strengths and limitations of multiple methods of data analysis to best inform critical decisions.
  • Analyze the design, operation, and performance of varying institutions.

Intercultural Communication and Collaborative Leadership

  • Globally-orientated curriculum and faculty.
  • Examine how national and local governments, international and local NGOs, think tanks, businesses, and state enterprises address societal problems.
  • Understand the organizations and individuals involved in policy making with focus on Asian and North America, with a focus on comparative analysis of international experiences and settings.
  • Identify leverage points and resources for pursuing positive change afforded by diverse stakeholders and populations, cultures and governance settings.

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.

Global Data Science

The program offers students the chance to develop both broad professional skills as a public manager as well as a specialization in data analytic applications to public policy problems. Coursework on big data, Geographic Information Systems, advanced multivariate analysis, and economic analysis go hand-in-hand with a strong management- and professional skills-oriented curriculum.

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 Tsinghua networks are platforms for your success.

Program Description

The 24-month Global MPA program is a dual-degree partnership between the Evans School and Tsinghua University. In the first academic year, students study at the Evans School in Seattle, followed by a summer internship and capstone experience.  In the second academic year, students study at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

YEAR 1 - Seattle, WA

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

Capstone Project (8 credits)

Students complete a capstone project in the final summer, following their academic year at Tsinghua University.

Elective Coursework (6 credits)

Electives should be approved by the dual degree program coordinator at the Evans School and generally are anticipated to be focused on quantitative analysis and data analytics, although students have flexibility to select from a variety of elective courses of interest.

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 2 - Beijing, China

Students must complete 21 credits from the lists below, as approved by the Tsinghua dual degree program academic director.

Core Curriculum (Autumn)

  • Language: Chinese (required for non-Chinese); English (required for Chinese)
  • Chinese History and Culture (required for non-Chinese); Chinese Socialism (required for Chinese)
  • Intellectual History of Public Administration
  • Information Technology and Modern Governance
  • Politics and Government in China
  • Thesis Proposal (required)

Elective Courses (Autumn)

  • Population, Health and Development
  • Urbanization and Social Development
  • Environment, Climate, and Governance
  • Integrated Approaches to Sustainable Development Practice

Core Curriculum (Spring)

  • Decision Science, Data Analytics, and Public Policy Making
  • Modern Chinese Government and Development Administration
  • GIS I or II
  • Urban Simulation and Urban Governance
  • Field Trip (required)

Elective Courses (Spring)

  • Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Ethics and Leadership

Sample Plan of Study

  Course Credits
Language: Chinese (required for non-Chinese); English (required for Chinese) 2
Chinese History and Culture (required for non-Chinese); Chinese Socialism (required for Chinese) 3
Intellectual History of Public Administration (core) 3
Information Technology and Modern Governance (core) 3
Politics and Government in China (core) 3
Population, Health and Development (elective) 3
Urbanization and Social Development (elective) 3
Environment, Climate, and Governance (elective) 3
Integrated Approaches to Sustainable Development Practice (elective) 3
Thesis Proposal (required) 1
Total Autumn Credits Selected with Advisor
Decision Science, Data Analytics, and Public Policy Making (core) 3
Modern Chinese Government and Development Administration (core) 3
GIS I or II (core) 3
Urban Simulation and Urban Governance (core) 3
Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship (elective) 3
Ethics and Leadership  (elective) 3
Field Trip (required) 3
Total Spring Credits Selected with Advisor
Year 2 Autumn and Spring Quarters Total Credits 21
Note: Students are also encouraged to elect other courses offered in the entire curricula of the College. Program director approval needed.
Note: One credit in this system corresponds to 720 minutes (16 classes * 45 teaching minutes per class)

The Fine Print

Because this degree is a bi-national collaboration between the University of Washington and Tsinghua University in Beijing, the Master of Public Administration (Global Program) differs from the standard Evans School MPA in some key ways, especially related to tuition, student financial aid, and eligibility for selected funding opportunities.

FAQ and Estimated Cost

Frequently Asked Questions

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 Tsinghua University and the final summer quarter with the capstone requirement does not meet the residency requirements necessary for OPT eligibility.

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, as well as the concluding Summer Quarter in which students complete the capstone project requirement. However, we anticipate that U.S. students will not be eligible for federal financial aid for the portion of the academic program at Tsinghua University.

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 not eligible for selected fellowship and funding opportunities at the UW, including graduate student appointee positions such as Research Assistantships, Teaching Assistantships, and Graduate Assistantships.

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: $18,111 for non-Chinese nationals and $8,904 for Chinese nationals. *These are estimates converting the Chinese Yuan (RMB) to United States Dollars.