Master of Public Administration... be the change
Welcome to the Evergreen MPA homepage. Here's what a few people are saying about our program!
Washington Monthly ranks Evergreen among the top master’s colleges in the nation. This distinctive rating asks “what are colleges doing for the country?” and ranks Evergreen 29th in the nation among masters degree colleges for 2012-2013 Academic Year.
Affordable and a good value
Evergreen earned accolades as among the nation's Top Public Affairs Graduate Schools in the 2012 edition of the Best Graduate Schools by US News Media Group.
Easily fits into busy work and family schedules
“Evergreen (MPA) alumni form the core of my personal friend network. I see people I knew in Olympia all over the world - we are an extended, inquisitive, wandering sort of intellectual family.”- Alumni Survey 2012
Apply now for Fall 2014 admission! *Updated* deadline information (as of 3/3/14): We have begun reviewing applications, and all complete applications received by Friday, March 14th, 2014 are *guaranteed* consideration. For more information, contact Randee Gibbons, Assistant MPA Director, at (360) 867-6554 for information about the Public and Non-Profit Administration and Public Policy concentrations, and contact Puanani Nihoa, Assistant MPA Tribal Governance Director, at (360) 867-6202 for information about the Tribal Governance concentration.
Interested in learning more about the MPA program? Visit one night of 1st Year Core on a Thursday at 6pm and see for yourself what the MPA program is really like! 1st and 2nd Year Core courses for the "General/PNAPP cohort" (combined Public/Non-Profit Administration and Public Policy concentrations) meet on Thursdays from 6-10pm. In Spring 2014, the 1st Year Core class accepts visitors on Thursdays from 6-10pm, April 10th (week 2) through May 29th (week 9) and meets in the Seminar 2 building complex, Room A1105 (ground floor of A building, which is #14 on this campus map. Feel welcome to drop by -- just notify faculty when you get there, and you can drop in for a few minutes or stay til 10pm, whatever works for you! You can also check our MPA Course Syllabi page for the Spring 2014 syllabus (and check out other syllabi, too). Plan to get to campus by 5:40 to have time to park (costs $2, *cash only*, closest parking in Lot "C") and make your way to class.
Welcome New MPA Faculty Member Michael Lane
“The framework of tribal self governance must be viewed in the context of the values of the specific People to be a true expression of an Indigenous Nation exercising self government. This fundamental distinction can be traced back to the legal history. The foundational laws regarding interactions with Indigenous Peoples were developed under theories of natural law. The contemporary state practice is conducted under positivist law, with a nod toward developing human rights standards. Only through continued advocacy for the legal recognition of inherent rights will the nation-states be challenged on their self management agenda”.
- Michael Lane
Evergreen’s MPA Program extends an excited WELCOME to new faculty member, AND 1988 Evergreen Alumnus, Michael Lane, Menominee Nation and his family; Sharon Heta, who is Maori from Aotearoa, New Zealand, their three daughters, and their 18 month old grandson. Michael has been a “boots on the ground” advocate for Indigenous Peoples and self- governance for 36 years. Michael is currently obtaining his PhD, in Indigenous Studies with Trent University. He obtained his Masters in Indigenous Studies, with First Class Honors at Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi, New Zealand. His thesis topic involved: Indigenous Peoples Self Government, Tribal Sovereignty, Early Treaty Making, Aboriginal Title/Discovery Doctrine, Legal History of Self Government (Canada, New Zealand, and United States). Michael also graduated from Arizona State University College of Law, in 1994 with a specialty in Federal Indian Law, Juris Doctor.
Michael has worked as a legal researcher, advocate and policy advisor, for over 20 years, with Springs From Earth Advocacy where he focused on representing various tribal interests in the United States, Canada and New Zealand (including resource development, prevention issues, environmental protection, environmental indicators, resource consents, representation and jurisdictional issues); engaged on issues of self- government (structures, strategic plans, etc.). Michael has found himself immersed in research and writing on American Indian Legal History, drafting Policies and Procedures Manuals and Trust Deeds, developing a number of Charitable Trusts and even representing a sacred site protection case in the Environment Court and High Court of New Zealand. Michael also participates as a speaker, presenter, etc. at various forums, conferences, workshops and radio shows.
Michael is no stranger to working on a campus either. From his early work with the Evergreen Indian Center in the late eighties and his Graduate Assistantship with the American Indian Institute of Arizona State University as an American Indian student retention program coordinator, Michael has found himself involved with the student population. More recently, Michael has presented as a lecturer at the Aboriginal Law and Advocacy Program of Confederation College.
Michael’s “boots” have also hit the ground in the literal sense as a regular walker in the five month, across North America, The Longest Walk, from Alcatraz to Washington D.C., affirming Indian Sovereignty. In 1978; as well as The Longest Walk 2: Northern Route, with his family, and The Longest Walk 4: Return to Alcatraz for Indigenous Sovereignty from Washington D. C. to Alcatraz, also with his family.
At Evergreen, we ask our MPA population to use their heads, hearts and minds to put into practice the changes they would like to see in the world. Michael has proven to be a living, breathing vessel for positive change. With actions and conviction, Michael is working to improve the lives of his community. We are thrilled to learn from him and again we extend a warm welcome to Michael and his family as they settle into the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
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The Evergreen State College offers a dynamic Master of Public Administration (MPA) program with hundreds of graduates working throughout Washington State and the Pacific Northwest in responsible positions within state, local, tribal and federal governments, education, nonprofit organizations and for-profit firms. Program Overview
MPA students gain important knowledge and skills that can be put to work right away; they learn how to be effective advocates for change, becoming graduates who are in high demand.
Evergreen's MPA program is unique, due to our emphasis on social change and democratic governance, and the College's innovative approach to education. The cornerstones of an Evergreen education, graduate or undergraduate, include collaborative and interdisciplinary teaching and learning, narrative evaluations instead of grades, and an emphasis on experiential learning and engaged discussions encompassing diverse views.
For information about the MPA curriculum, admissions requirements, program costs, financial aid, etc. and to answer your questions about the concentration that interests you, contact Randee Gibbons, Assistant MPA Director, at (360) 867-6554 for information about the Public and Non-Profit Administration and Public Policy concentrations, and contact Puanani Nihoa, Assistant MPA Tribal Governance Director, at (360) 867-6202 for information about the Tribal Governance concentration. For more information on all of Evergreen's Native programming, please visit http://www.evergreen.edu/nativeprograms.
News and Upcoming Events
Interested in MPA? Visit one night of 1st Year Core and see for yourself what the MPA program is really like! 1st and 2nd Year Core courses for the "General/PNAPP cohort" (combined Public/Non-Profit Administration and Public Policy concentrations) meet on Thursdays from 6-10pm. In the Spring 2014, the 1st Year Core class accepts visitors on Thursdays from 6-10pm, April 10th (week 2) through May 29th (week 9) and meets in the Seminar 2 building complex, Room A1105 (ground floor of A building). Feel welcome to drop by -- just notify faculty when you get there, and you can drop in for a few minutes or stay til 10pm, whatever works for you! You can also check out our MPA Course Syllabi page for the Spring 2014 syllabus (and other syllabi as well).
You can also "test drive" our program before committing to the entire degree and take MPA elective courses as a non-admitted graduate special student. If you have a bachelor's degree you can take up to 8 MPA elective credits per quarter and up to 12 credits total will count toward your MPA degree if you are later admitted to the program. Get more information now about Graduate Special Student requirements and registration procedures.
Community Corner/ Project Forum- Connecting Students with Agencies Non-Profits and Each Other
Do you have a project or a vision that could benefit from the help of an Evergreen MPA student? Our Students have much to offer the greater Puget Sound professional community. With specializations in Tribal Governance, Policy and Public/Nonprofit work, the Evergreen MPA cohorts are a wealth of service for the community to tap into.
The Community Corner/ Project Forum allows students, agencies, individuals and organizations to connect over common goals and projects. Internships, individual student contracts and required, capstone projects all offer opportunities for students to work alongside the professional community. Students, organizations, individuals and agencies are encouraged to use this site to both request help and to connect over opportunities to commit to projects.