Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance

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University of Washington
The Evans School of Public Policy and Governance
Established 1962
School type Public
Parent endowment $2.68 billion[1]
Dean Sandra O. Archibald
Location Seattle, Washington, United States
Enrollment 502, 405 MPA, 78 EMPA, 19 PhD. - 2015
Faculty 49
USNWR ranking 4 (tie)
Website evans.washington.edu

The Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance (the Evans School) at the University of Washington in Seattle is a school of public policy and management in the Northwest.

The Evans School emphasizes policy analysis and management through its master's degree programs, doctoral program, and various non-degree and certificate programs.

As of 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked the Evans School as tied for 4th out of 266 schools of public affairs and 2nd among public universities. The U.S. News & World Report also ranked the Evans School has for its expertise in the areas of Nonprofit Management (6th), Environmental Policy and Management (2nd), Public Management Administration (9th), and Public Policy Analysis (12th).[2][3]


The school was formerly known as the Graduate School of Public Affairs, and was founded in 1962 as the first school of public affairs at a public university. It was renamed in 2000 to honor former U.S. Senator and Washington State Governor Daniel J. Evans.

The main offices for the Evans School are located in the Parrington Hall at the University of Washington’s Seattle campus. Parrington Hall opened in 1902 as the university’s science building, and is named after Vernon L. Parrington, an English professor at the university from 1908 to 1929.


Concurrent degrees[edit]

The Evans School also offers concurrent master's degrees with five University of Washington programs:


Research centers[edit]

In addition to the research work of individual faculty members, the Evans School houses nine research centers that provide policy analyses for issues at the state, regional, national, and international levels.

  • Benefit Cost Analysis Center
  • Marc Lindenberg Center for Humanitarian Action, International Development, and Global Citizenship
  • Nancy Bell Evans Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy
  • West Coast Poverty Center (a joint venture between the Evans School and the School of Social Work and College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington)
  • William D. Ruckelshaus Center (a joint venture between the University of Washington and Washington State University)

Public service clinics[edit]

The Evans School’s Public Service Clinics match students with public and nonprofit agencies to explore applied research topics in a broad range of public affairs, management, and policy areas. Since its inception, over 200 student-agency projects have produced program evaluations, strategic plans, and a new program designs that have been deployed in real world applications.

Electronic hallway[edit]

The Electronic Hallway serves as an online database of teaching cases and other curriculum materials for faculty who teach public administration, public policy, and related subjects. Cases are available in numerous policy areas, including economic development, education, environment and land use, human services, international affairs, nonprofit, state and local government issues, utility and transit issues, and urban and regional issues.

Student organizations[edit]

The Evans School Student Organization (ESO) serves as the liaison between the Evans School student body and the faculty and administration. ESO places students on most faculty committees and plays a key role in:

  • Developing curriculum
  • Hiring faculty members
  • Shaping academic policies
  • Evaluating courses and professors
  • Setting degree requirements

Other student organizations include:

  • Evans International Students Association (EISA)
  • Economics and Finance Interest Group (EFIG)
  • Education-Social Policy Interest Group (Ed-Soc)
  • Green Evans
  • International Affairs Student Interest Group (EvansWorld)
  • Latino Policy Association (LPA)
  • Out in Public (LGBTA)
  • MetroPol
  • Nonprofit Network (NPN)
  • Partnership for Community & Diversity (PCD)
  • Evans School Pi Alpha Alpha (PAA)
  • Evans School Review(ESR)
  • Evans School Symposium of Public Affairs Research

Notable alumni[edit]


The Evans School’s MPA program is accredited by NASPAA, the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 47°39′27″N 122°18′37″W / 47.65750°N 122.31028°W / 47.65750; -122.31028