Public Administration: MPA

The master of public administration (MPA) program prepares students to become evidence-based policymakers, analysts, and managers. Evidence-based policy making is a concept that has been gaining widespread acceptance in the policy community, both in the U.S. and internationally.

Evidence-based decision making requires a closer connection between research and practice.

On the one hand, it requires that researchers ask policy-relevant questions and conduct meaningful and timely analyses that can support the policy process.

On the other hand, it requires that policymakers, managers, and leaders think critically about research and integrate appropriate evidence in the implementation and formulation of policy and administrative practice.

The MPA curriculum has been developed to train students in applied research and provide opportunities for real-world applications.

The faculty strives to support evidence-based decision making through our research and community outreach activities, as well as our teaching.

Application at a Glance

You apply for admission through your program. Detailed instructions are available on the program’s website. The following are required for your application:

Program-Specific Application Requirements:

  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose


  • GRE (UO Institution Code: 4846)


Master of Public Administration (MPA)
College of Design
Campus: Eugene
Fall Term:
Priority Deadline - January 15
Final Deadline - August 15
Winter Term: Final Deadline - December 1
Spring Term: Final Deadline - March 1
This program may accept applications after the posted deadline on a space-available basis. Refer to the program’s website for more details.