University of Washington - Evans School of Public Policy & Governance

Why you should consider this program

The Evans School partners with the Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program to offer a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree. The Evans School's top-ranked Master of Public Administration (MPA) program emphasizes broad-based fundamentals in policy analysis and management, and allows students to pursue a field of specialization through an area of focus. Focus areas include international development; metropolitan and urban policy; social policy: poverty, education, and social welfare; public finance and budgeting; public policy analysis and evaluation; public leadership, management, and decision-making; nonprofit management and philanthropy; and environmental policy and management.Many Fellows opt to fulfill a community service component through internships or the Student Consulting Lab, which links the skills and services of second-year Master of Public Administration (MPA) students with the real-world needs of nonprofit and public agencies. As part of these capstone project experiences, participating students will work specifically with nonprofit organizations and public agencies to evaluate programs, conduct strategic planning and policy analysis, and develop new program designs.

To learn more about Evans School programs, please contact the Student Services office at [email protected]or 206.543.4900.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 45,000 $ 15,000 $ 30,000
Out of state $ 80,000 $ 50,000 $ 30,000
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

For out-of-state students who receive the Fellowship, we provide a reduction of tuition to the in-state amount and a monthly stipend that totals an estimated $15,000 over two academic years. For Washington State residents, we provide a tuition award of $15,000 over two academic years.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)

2-3, varies per year

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 15,000

Application fee waived?



Evans School Master of Public Administration (MPA) students are required to complete a 400-hour documented internship experience within a public, nonprofit, or private organization. Some students may already meet the internship requirement upon entry into the program.  All students will submit an Internship Planning Form via in the first quarter to determine their status. Students entering with two or more years of recent, relevant professional experience will be evaluated to determine whether or not they've already met the internship requirement. For many students, the internship is a cornerstone experience, giving students an opportunity to apply skills learned in the classroom to real-world problems, related to policy development, implementation and evaluation that directly align with your career goals.

Jobs for program alumni

The Evans School's "Employers & Partners" section of our website shares additional information about our students and graduates and their professional development journeys. CLICK HERE.

Other details

Program length

2 years for MPA program; 5+ years for PhD program

Application requirements

Please see our webpage for current application instructions and requirements:

Admissions process

Fellows admissions process is the same for all applicants to the Evans School.

Program begins

Late September

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Carrie Evans, Senior Assistant Dean of Students

140 Parrington Hall
BOX 353055
Seattle, WA 98195