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Public Administration (MPA)

The Graduate Program in Public Administration (PADM) is designed to provide widely varied educational opportunities in the fields of public and not-for-profit management. Graduate study opportunities are available for those currently employed as well as for recent graduates seeking a career in the public service. Both full-time and part-time study programs are available on a degree and non-degree basis.

Students in PADM are encouraged to become aware of the public service environment, the values that guide public service and the critical and analytical skills necessary to formulate, implement and evaluate public service decisions.

Program faculty, all of whom hold doctoral degrees and have public service management experience, have been selected from the several academic areas most pertinent to public sector applications. Adjunct faculty are highly trained, qualified and experienced academics and practitioners.

What are the degree options?

  • The College of Business and Public Administration offers the following Public Administration degrees:
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Advanced Standing Masters of Public Administration
  • Master of Public Administration with Health Service Administration Specialization
  • Public Management Development Certificates Program
  • Dual Masters degrees include:
  • Master of Public Administration/Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Public Adminsitration/Master of Social Work
  • Master of Public Adminsitration/Master of Urban and Regional Planning

What can I do with my degree?

Our graduates go into a wide variety of careers. A survey of graduates from the 2012-2014 academic year found that 52% of our graduates went to work (or continued working) at some level of government: 3.4% national or central government; 28% state, provincial, or regional (including state universities); 17% city, county or other local government; 3.4% foreign government. 14% went into the non-profit sector, while 28% went into the private sector. Just 7% are still seeking employment. 

The majority of students in the MPA program are in-service students. As such, according the most recent alumni survey, 38% continued in the jobs held before enrollment. 8% obtained a job before graduation, while 8% were employed within 3 months. 15% were employed within 4-6 months of graduation and another 15% within 7-12 months. Only 8% have not obtained a job since graduating.

How much will it cost?

Tuition Type Per credit Full-time                                   (10-18 Credits) Add'l fee over 18 credits, per credit
Resident Non-Resident Resident Non-Resident Resident Non-Resdient
Undergraduate $245.73 $682.19 $2,457.34 $6,821.87 $224.83 $661.69
Graduate $363.98 $846.15 $3,639.82 $8,461.53 $344.18 $826.55
WUE** $358.15 $3,581.50 $337.25
Note: Part-Time students are charged for a minimum of two credits.

**Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)
Eastern Washington University is a member of the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE).  This program reduces non-resident tuition for eligible out-of-state students.  Participating states are (AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, NM, ND, OR, SD, UT, WY). Click here for more information.

For more information, visit the Student Financial Services page.

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