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The Master of Public Administration is a graduate program that will prepare you to effectively serve the public good. Our program is designed for busy working adults: in fact, you can get your MPA in as little as two years while “keeping your day job.”

Students in Evergreen’s MPA program study current issues in an interdisciplinary context. Graduates go on to careers in the public sector,  non-profit organizations and businesses as leaders, managers, analysts, and effective advocates for change.

You will get a solid grounding in the core aspects of public administration. You'll also be able to specialize in one of three concentrations that match your goals and career.

  • Tribal Governance: management, policy, and leadership for indigenous organizations, governments, and those who work with them
  • Public & Nonprofit Administration: management, finance, and leadership
  • Public Policy: understanding, communicating, and shaping policy

You can also try out the program as a Special Student (Non-Admitted Graduate Students & Undergraduate Students).

Explore the MPA core program and concentrations.

Learn more about what Evergreen MPA students are doing, and what our graduates have gone on to do.

Analytical Techniques for Public Service

Students in the MPA Tribal Governance Concentration attend a class for the program Analytical Techniques for Public Service.


Evergreen’s MPA program is one of the most affordable programs available. 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. Find out more about program costs and the many types of aid available.


You can enroll full-time and complete the program in two years, or choose to attend part-time and get your MPA in as little as three years. All classes meet in the evening or on the weekends to meet the needs of working adult students. See what options are available for completing your MPA on your timeline.

Students present their capstone projects.

Master’s degree candidates in the MPA program present their capstone projects.


The MPA program features many of the aspects that makes an Evergreen education unique and successful: collaborative and interdisciplinary programs, narrative evaluations, and a focus on experiential learning. In addition, the MPA programs emphasize social change and democratic governance, making it a good fit for the student who wants to make the world a better place through their profession.