24 months
6369 USD/year
6369 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Public Affairs program offered by Washington State University prepares students for a diverse group of positions in government such as public policy, personnel administration and strategic planning, as well as a range of jobs outside of government service, such as not-for-profit organizations.

Visit the official programme website for more information


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.

Student Opportunities:

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.

Programme Structure


  • 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.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Priority deadline:

  • Fall January 10
  • Spring July 1


60 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
146 (verbal)
140 (quantitative)

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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.

Tuition Fee

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The tuition fee may vary depending on the location of your study program.

Living costs for Pullman

904 - 1507 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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