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Public Administration (M.P.A.)

Basic Degree Information/Description

Founded in 1982, the UTSA Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) degree program serves more than 160 enrolled students annually. The mission of the M.P.A. program is to educate responsible leaders and ethical public servants through a curriculum that incorporates research and practice.

Why pursue an M.P.A.?

The program earned reaccreditation through the 2019-2020 academic year by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). Click here to read the announcement on the UTSA Today website.

UTSA's program is one of only 10 NASPAA-accredited master's programs in public administration, affairs, and policy in Texas.

Easy Accessibility:

  • Twelve or more courses offered in the fall and spring semesters
  • 3-6 courses offered in the summer semesters
  • 3-7 courses offered in the evening at the Downtown campus
  • Rising public and non-profit demand for the MPA degree.

The program's graduates represent a wide range of professional and community backgrounds; many serve the public as leaders at the local, regional, national, and international levels.

Degree Requirements

  • The minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree, exclusive of coursework or other study required to remove admission deficiencies, is 40. In addition to these basic degree requirements, students without previous work experience that supports attainment of careers and leadership roles in public and nonprofit organizations must complete an additional 6 semester credit hours of PAD 6963,6 Internship.
  • For a complete list of degree requirements please see the Graduate Catalog.

Admission requirements and Deadlines

Admission prerequisites:

  • Bachelor's degree with 18 credit hours in field of study or in another appropriate field of study. Applicants may be required to complete an American Government course if the class was not taken as an undergraduate student.

Application Requirements:

  • A degree seeking applicant must meet university wide requirements.
  • A complete Graduate Studies application.
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
  • A Resume is recommended
  • Two Letters of Recommendation required. Please submit both the form as well as a letter from persons familiar with the applicant's academic or work abilities (normally professors or work supervisors).
  • A Statement of Purpose is required: 500 word letter of intent explaining reasons for pursuing the MPA; how their educational experience has prepared them for the MPA program, and how the degree will help the applicant achieve his or her goals.
  • Minimum TOEFL Score (for International Applicants): 550 paper/79 internet
  • Minimum IELTS Score (for International Applicants): 6.5
  • Additional Requirements: International students and those with international degrees may be required to submit additional documents per our admissions policies and procedures. The Graduate School reserves the right to request any additional documents needed to fairly and consistently evaluate applicant credentials.

Career Options Available for an M.P.A. Graduate

Students find positions as managers, analysts, supervisors, and specialists in the public sector, especially in local city, county and state agencies. Many of our students also find positions in the non-profit sector, as well as with private firms that require contact with public agencies.

Research taking place in the M.P.A. program

  • Issues of Public Administration theory
  • Public policy formulation in general and in specific fields such as environmental, energy, and civil rights
  • Public management issues
  • Human resource management and its implications
  • Nonprofit/public sector and public/private partnerships
  • Economics in the public sector
  • Local and regional economic development
  • Urban planning and diversity issues in the public sector
  • Electronic government

Contact Information

Graduate Advisor of Record: Jennifer Alexander, Ph.D.
Telephone: (210) 458-2532

Degree Website:

Degree Catalog Link:

Funding Opportunities

Course Scheduling and Offerings

The majority of courses are offered once a week, from 5:30-8:15 PM, at the Downtown campus. Courses are offered Monday through Thursday evenings. We occasionally offer courses on Saturday mornings or in the afternoon.