To earn an Evans School Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree, students must complete:

Peace Corps Master's International (PCMI) MPA requirements are available here

Concurrent degree students should consult the student handbook regarding their requirements. 

Planning forms, a Degree Requirements Checklist, and our Planning Your 2nd Year handout are available to help students plan how to meet their degree requirements. 

Core Courses

Thirty-six credits that help students develop fundamental policy and management skills. These courses are taken in sequence, typically during the first year of study

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

Course Waivers

Some core courses can be waived.


Students must complete an approved 3- or 4-credit values elective course. The remaining elective credits can focus on one or more areas of specialization.

Please note that any 400-level course needs to be approved in advance of registration by the graduate program coordinator to count toward the MPA. For 400-level course reviews, please send the syllabus to Student Services; staff will consult with the graduate program coordinator and notify a student whether the 400-level course has been approved. 

Capstone Projects

The capstone project integrates knowledge and skills gained in the MPA program. The team-based project serves as an opportunity to further develop a student’s specialization, to expand networks in the community, and to create a significant sample of work.

For more information, view the student handbook or contact the Evans School Student Services office at or 206.543.4900.