Master of Public Administration

MPA Estimated Cost

The Evergreen MPA is a Value

Evergreen’s MPA program is one of the most affordable MPA programs in the Northwest and in the country.  With tuition and fees for Washington State residents at two-thirds or less of the cost of our Northwest competitors, Evergreen is a bargain for residents.

 For residents and non-residents alike we are on the low end or below the average annual cost of graduate school The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Here's another way to look at it: The MPA degree requires completion of a total of 60 graduate credits, as described on the MPA Program Overview page. To complete the 60 credits, for tuition and fees resident students can expect to pay a total of approximately $16–17,000 and non-residents can expect to pay $39–40,000.

Financial Aid

See what financial aid you may qualify for.  To stay eligible for federal aid, students must be taking at least 4 credits per quarter.

Cost of Attendance

2014–15 Tuition:  Washington Residents, $290.70 per credit

2014–2015 Tuition:  Non-Washington Residents, $696.10 per credit

Tuition Rates and Student Fees can be found on the Student Financial Services site. Note: The Washington State Legislature and the Evergreen Board of Trustees set the rate of tuition annually. Tuition is subject to change without notice. The rates below are the estimated costs for an academic year (Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters only).

The cost of attending Evergreen is more than just tuition.  You also need to factor in items such as books, transport, and housing. Your financial aid package is based on the cost of attendance, which can vary based on the number of credits you take.  For example, an MPA student taking 8 credits per quarter will have a cost of attendance as indicated below. Depending on your situation, you can also appeal to increase your cost of attendance, thus increasing your financial aid. For more information on coast of attendance, please see the Financial Aid Office Cost of Attendance page.

Residency Status for Tuition and Fees

Some Native Americans and nonresident active duty military and their dependents (including spouses) living in Washington can apply to get resident tuition.

Specific questions regarding residency should be directed to the Registration and Records staff. You can contact Registration at (360) 867-6180 or via email. General residency information is available at Registration and Records

Table for 2014–15 Cost

Estimated Yearly Cost of Attendance for 3 Quarters
2014–15 (updated 4/18/14)
2 Year Track:
10 credits for 6 quarters*
WA Resident
Full-Time min:
8 credits for 7.5 quarters
WA Resident
Part-Time:
6 credits for 10 quarters**
WA Resident
2 Year Track:
10 credits for 6 quarters*
Nonresident
Full- Time min:
8 credits for 7.5 quarters
Nonresident
Part-Time:
6 credits for 10 quarters**
Nonresident
Yearly Tuition $8,721 $6,977 $5,233 $20,883 $16,706 $12,530
Mandatory Fees $702 $702 $702 $510 $510 $510
Books and Supplies $1032 $1032 $1032 $1032 $1032 $1032
Total Basic Costs $10,455 $8,711 $6,967 $22,425 $18,248 $14,072
Other Potential Costs
Loan Fees (only if taking out loans) $351 $351 $351 $351 $351 $351
Room and Board $9492 $9492 $9492 $9492 $9492 $9492
Transportation $1320 $1320 $1320 $1320 $1320 $1320
Miscellaneous $2064 $2064 $2064 $2064 $2064 $2064
Total Costs $23,682 $21,938 $20,194 $35,652 $31,475 $27,299

*A full-time MPA student takes 8–10 credits per quarter for 2 years or up to 12 credits for a total of 60 credits. A part-time student takes less than 8 credits per quarter for 3 years. Students who take a different amount of credits will be charged per credit as demonstrated on the Tuition Rates webpage.

**For financial aid purposes, 8 credits per quarter is considered full-time and 4 credits per quarter is part-time. To stay eligible for federal aid, students must be taking at least 4 credits per quarter. Your financial aid package is based on the total cost of attendance, which varies based on the number of credits you take and if you have loan fees. Depending on your situation, you can also appeal to increase your cost of attendance, thus increasing your financial aid.