Public Administration

About Us

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program 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 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.

NASPAA logoThe MPA Program is accredited by the NASPAA Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation and listed on the Annual Roster of Accredited Programs in conformity with NASPAA standards.

For further information or questions, please contact Courtney Jensen at 509.828.1231 or

What Can I Do With My Degree?

Our graduates go into a wide variety of careers. A survey of graduates from the 2017-2018 academic year found that 56% of our graduates went to work (or continued working) at some level of government: 33% state, provincial, or regional (including state universities); 17% city, county or other local government; 6% foreign government; 22% went into the non-profit sector, while 11% went into the private sector. Seven percent entered or remained in the US Military.

The majority of students in the MPA program are in-service students. As such, according to 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.

Post Graduation Employment Statistics: Academic Year 2018-19

Employment TypeNumber of Students Employed in this Profession
National or central government in the same country as program1
State, provincial, or regional government in the same country as program6
City, county, or other local government in the same country as program1
Government not in the same country as the program (all levels) or international quasi-governmental1
Nonprofit domestic-oriented4
Nonprofit/NGOs internationally-oriented0
Private sector - research/consulting0
Private sector - not research/consulting3
Obtaining further education1
Military service0
Unemployed, not seeking employment0
Unemployed, seeking employment0
Status Unknown0

How Long Does It Take to Graduate?

This depends on whether you’re a full-time or part-time student. 20-25% of our students complete the program within 18 months and 50% graduate within 36 months. Some students require more time. You are allowed to take up to six years to complete the program.

Graduation Statistics

 Initially EnrolledGraduated within 2 yearsGraduated within 3 yearsGraduated within 4 yearsTotal Students Graduated and Persisting to Graduation
Total Number of Students in the ARY-5 Cohort2310141520

How Much Will It Cost?

For the most up-to-date information, please visit the Student Financial Services page.

2019-20 Tuition Rates

Tuition TypePer CreditFull-Time (10-18 Credits)Additional Fee Over 18 Credits, Per Credit
Note: Part-time students are charged for a minimum of two credits.