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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.