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College of Arts and Sciences
Master Of Public Administration

Graduate Programs in Public Administration

The Institute of Public Servies offers three options for public service professionals seeking to enter or advance their careers in local, state, or federal government or the nonprofit sector. Our graduates receive a holistic education that promotes service to diverse communities, and prepares them with knowledge and skills in critical thinking, analysis, administration, management, policy, and research.

Almost 85% of our students work full-time. For students not employed or seeking to explore another field or sector of interest, the Seattle University public administration programs offer hands on learning and service opportunities in the heart of an urban community. Internships include: The Washington State Budget & Policy Center, United Way of King County, King County Council,  Swedish Health Services, and more.

What makes the Seattle University Graduate Public Administration programs unique?

  • We focus on social justice and the empowerment of diverse communities
  • Service and research with faculty who are active scholars and practitioners
  • We collaborate with a network of experienced students

Master in Public Administration

  • 57 credits
  • Evening and weekend classes
  • Most students complete in 2.5 years
  • Government and nonprofit tracks
  • Appropriate for individuals who are currently working or seeking employment at management levels in the public or nonprofit sectors
  • Start any quarter
  • Complete information and application process here.

Certificate in Public Administration

  • 12 credits
  • Hybrid blend of on-campus meetings and online instruction
  • Certificate can be completed in one year
  • Appropriate for indiviudals who are currently working or seeking employment in the public or nonprofit sectors
  • Program starts in spring 2017
  • Details here.

Joint Degree with the School of Law

  • Students have the option of getting a joint MPA/JD degree in less time that it would take to pursue each degree separately.
  • Students must be admitted to both the Seattle University School of Law and the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Details here.



News and Events


Seattle Graduate Fair
Monday, October 9th 2017
Seattle U Campion Ballroom
Talk with representatives from public-interest graduate programs from the U.S. and around the world.
FREE to the public! Register here


With more than 30 years of experience under his belt, Claude DaCorsi, MPA '11, didn't need a Master's in Public Administration to advance his career, but it was invaluable when he was elected to the Auburn City Council and appointed to the Washington State Affordable Housing Advisory Committee. Read the article and watch the video here.