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.
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.
This depends on whether one is 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 requrie more time, for one is allowed to take up to 6 years to complete the program.
|Tuition Type||Per credit||Full-time (10-18 Credits)||Add'l fee over 18 credits, per credit|
|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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