Core courses

Core courses at the Evans School are designed for Evans School MPA students. Once the first week of classes have started and all Evans School students have secured a spot, then faculty may consider graduate students from other UW departments on a space-available basis. 

Each Evans School MPA student will be permitted to join one wait list for each Evans School core course. For core courses, all students need to register for a section of the course with space availability. The wait list is to be used only to express preference for a particular class section, if spaces become available. We cannot guarantee students will able to move into their preferred section.

Between the first day of Priority Registration Period 1 and the date the waiting list is opened, we recommend that students sign up to receive seat notifications through MyPlan’s Notify.UW. If a spot becomes available in the desired section during that time, students will be able to register without an add code. Once the wait list opens, add codes will be required to shift between core course sections.

Current Wait Lists, for Evans School MPA students only:

To request a change to one or more of your core courses in Autumn 2020, please sign up for the wait list via our Core Courses Wait List form by Monday, September 14 at Noon (PT). We highly encourage you to let us know why you are requesting a change in the comments section(s) on this wait list request form.

Students will be notified by end of day on September 18 if their wait list request(s) can be accommodated. Please note that we cannot guarantee you will be able to move into your preferred section(s). 

If you have any questions, please contact our Academic Services Program Coordinator, at

Non-core courses

In Autumn 2020, the Evans School will be maintaining a central wait list for PUBPOL 518 and 529. If you are not able to register for your preferred section of either course, please submit your request to enroll in the other section using the PUBPOL 518 & 529 Wait List Request form. **Note that this is the only official approach by which to be considered for a spot, should space become available, in these two courses if one or more section fills to capacity. If you have any questions, please contact Julianne Slate, Academic Services Program Coordinator, at

For all other non-core courses, the Evans School does not maintain wait lists. If a student is unable to register for a course that he or she is looking to get into during the quarter, the student should continue to monitor the time schedule page to see if any spaces open. If no spaces open and the student is still unable to register for the course at the start of the quarter, then he or she should attend the first day of class to see if there is sufficient room or if the professor is willing to admit additional students in the course. Additional students will be admitted at the discretion of the instructor on the first or second day if he or she deems there is sufficient space in the classroom to allow for a productive learning environment.

Students can monitor the enrollment of a course by clicking on the enrollment summary page of the UW Time Schedule web site. The main time schedule web site only provides information that updates daily. However, the enrollment summary (in the upper right corner of the time schedule page) provides the most current information on enrollment, so that if a space opened up in a course it would almost immediately report that information.

Tuition-exempt students will not be able to receive priority in registration. All tuition paying students will be admitted to the class prior to tuition-exempt students being admitted.

For all other registration issues, please submit your questions to