The Public Affairs program offered by Washington State University is designed to accommodate the needs of working students. The degree can be completed entirely in the evenings, and most students often continue to work full time during the day when completing their degree. Seminars are small, ranging from 5-20 students, and typically meet one or two evenings a week over the course of the semester. Class structure includes lectures, small group discussions, and individual and group presentations. The program takes two or more years to complete; the exact length of time required to complete the degree depends on how many classes a student takes each semester.
MPA students may already be employed in these areas and are seeking this degree to advance professionally in the field. These students can expect to hone their skills and receive further training. Alternatively, the Master of Public Affairs degree is also appropriate for students who would like to shift their career tracks and obtain a position in the public and non-profit sector.
Both internal and external internships are offered. Interested students are also offered the opportunity to present at conferences. Students work closely with their chairs and the director of the program on career development.
The MPA seeks to develop the skills of present and future public administrators and policy analysts in the region to provide them with the tools to meet the challenges of government. In an age when governmental philosophies are continually being redefined, the MPA program is designed to promote professionalism, leadership, inventiveness, and a commitment to public service for government employees in the area of public administration, applied policy studies and health policy administration.
This programme accepts GRE® scores and has provided a recommended score range.
Recommended Verbal Reasoning score:
Recommended Quantitative Reasoning score:
The recommended range represents scores typically accepted at this institution. Scores outside the range may still be considered.
The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
Applications received after the priority deadline may still be considered. We also require an introductory course in statistics. Applications must include three letters of recommendation,two of which must be from academic sources, transcripts, a resume and a letter of intent specific to the program. Applicants and students should consult the current MPA Handbook for complete information.
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Check the programme website for information about funding options.
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