We are pleased to welcome you to the Evans School! Below are various suggested resources to help you prepare for the fall.
Practice Math Problems
These math problems are for incoming MPA students to practice some of the algebraic operations that will be required in PUBPOL 516: Microeconomics. The document is not a comprehensive math review for PUBPOL 516 or for the Evans School MPA. Instead, the goal of this document is to provide practice on topics that tend to cause difficulties at the start of fall term for students who do not like math or who have not taken a math course in many years. Faculty have shared that students who are able to quickly and correctly solve all of these problems when they begin the MPA program will have an advantage on quizzes and exams. Students who have difficulty with the practice set of math problems may wish to consider Math Camp and the online tutorials included in the statistics and economics links below.
Math Camp will take place during orientation in September, and will cost $60. Learn more
Incoming students with prior substantial academic background in particular subject areas (economics and statistics) are encouraged to take waiver examinations during orientation in September, to waive particular core courses. Learn more
Resources Recommended by Faculty
To help incoming MPA students prepare to begin the program, Evans School faculty recommend the following resources. While review of these resources is optional, many past students and graduates have shared that advance preparation is extremely beneficial to help gear up for the program.
U.S. Government and American Political Thought
- Executive Branch Powers and Executive Orders, annotated by J. Patrick Dobel
- Federal Government Explanation of State and Local Government, annotated by J. Patrick Dobel
- American Political Culture PowerPoint by J. Patrick Dobel
- James Madison and U.S. Constitution PowerPoint by J. Patrick Dobel
- About America: How the United States is Governed, published by Braddock Communications
- Legislative Guide to Separation of Powers by Edwin Cook
- Farewell to Reform by John Chamberlain
- Main Currents in American Thought by Vernon Louis Parrington (our building's namesake)
- Governing magazine’s Guide to Financial Literacy, written by Evans School Associate Professor Justin Marlowe, available free online. Professor Marlowe notes that while this publication specifically covers public sector financial management and is a helpful guide, the core PUBPOL 522 Public Budgeting & Financial Management course in the MPA program covers both nonprofit and government financial management.
- Governing magazine's Guide to Financial Literacy, Volume 2: A Guide to Managing Your Jurisdiction's Financial Health
Writing in Policy Analysis
Diversity and Inequality
- How to Overcome Our Biases? Walk Boldly Toward Them, TED Talk by Verna Myers
- Countering Bias in Hiring, video by King County
- “The West Wing”
- “The Wire”
- “Yes, Prime Minister”
Resources for International Students
Additional resources are available here for students with time and interest in further preparation.