- Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education. You may be admitted provisionally pending completion.
- Minimum GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale for last 90 graded quarter hours or 60 graded semester hours of post-secondary school coursework from accredited institutions. We will calculate your GPA after you apply. If your GPA falls below 3.0 but you are otherwise well qualified, we encourage you to apply: the Admissions Committee is permitted to make a few exceptions to this requirement every year. Evergreen grads: this requirement doesn't apply to you. Instead, we read through your evaluations to determine whether you're ready for graduate-level study.
The Core program consists of two years of required offerings, with six credit hours of study in Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters. Each class admitted for the upcoming fall begins the Core programs as a group, or cohort, and continue together for the first two years. In each quarter of Core, students earn six credit hours, for a total of 36 credits for the completion of both Core programs.
During the first year, you will examine the foundations of public administration, the economic and political context of the public sector, concepts of democratic governance, explore policy, finance and budgeting, and gain additional practical knowledge and skills needed to run an organization in the public, nonprofit or tribal sectors.
During the Fall and Winter quarters of your second year, you will focus on analytic concepts and techniques, including research methods and the application of analytical techniques in administration.
Spring quarter of your second year culminates in the Capstone course. In Capstone, you will reflect on your work in the program, integrate experiences by looking at your work holistically, and demonstrate what you have learned in the program through a demonstration project.