Effectively advocate for social justice in the policy process

Work closely with government and community mentors as you earn your MPA

Our MPA program educates public service professionals seeking to advance their careers in local, state, or federal government or the nonprofit sector. You receive a holistic education that promotes engagement and service in our communities, and prepares them with knowledge and skills in critical thinking, analysis, administration, management, policy, and research.

  • Ideal if you are working in, or seek a leadership role in the public or nonprofit sectors
  • Choose from government and nonprofit tracks
  • Evening and weekend classes (on campus)
  • Can be completed in 2.5 years
  • Start any quarter
No application fee through Fall 2022

Ready to learn more?

What Makes Our Program Unique?

  • We focus on social justice and engagement with diverse communities.
  • Service and research from faculty who are active scholars and practitioners, including six full-time faculty, and part-time faculty that are experienced professionals in their field.
  • We collaborate with a network of experienced students, faculty, alumni, and community leaders.

Who Is in The Program?

  • 85% of our 130 students work full-time during their time in the program.
  • We offer hands-on learning and service opportunities in the heart of an urban community, if you are interested in exploring a new field or sector, or if you are not currently employed.
  • Recent internship sites included: City of Seattle, King County, Sound Transit, BloodWorks NW, City of Bellevue, and Enterprise Community Partners.


You will complete 57 credits, with an area of emphasis in government or nonprofit

Our Commitment

Where could my degree take me?

Nearly 75 percent of our graduates continue to live and work in the Puget Sound region

Specific examples include: Executive Director, Compass Housing Alliance, Community Engagement Director, Swedish Medical Center,  Budget Analyst, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Executive Director, SkillUp Washington, Research Analyst, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Several of our MPA graduates join the U.S. Presidential Management Fellows program, a prestigious two-year training and development program at a United States government agency. Placements include: Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Labor, and National Institutes of Health.

Frequently Asked Questions

Application Deadlines

Fall: July 20th
Winter: October 20th - Extended to November 20th!
Spring: February 20th
Summer: May 20th

Events and Information Sessions


    Olha Krupa, PhD




    Nicole Moses

    Graduate Program Coordinator



    Graduate Admissions