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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).
UTSA's program is one of only 10 NASPAA-accredited master's programs in public administration, affairs, and policy in Texas.
- 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.
- 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
- Required Degree: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.
- Other Degree Requirements: Must have completed (or will complete upon enrollment) an undergraduate course in U.S. government or politics (3 semester credit hours).
- General University Requirements: A degree seeking applicant must meet university wide requirements.
- Application: A complete Graduate School application.
- Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae: Resume, recommended.
- Letters of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation are required from those familiar with the applicant’s academic and/or work abilities (normally, professors and/or work supervisors).
- Statement of Purpose: A 500-word letter of intent explaining reasons for pursuing an MPA, how educational and/or career experience has prepared you for an MPA program, and how you anticipate that the degree will help them achieve your goals.
- Test Scores: None.
- Other: None.
- Evaluation of Foreign Credentials: All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. citizens (Domestic), or permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit an evaluation from an approved Foreign Credential Agency of transcripts from all foreign institutions attended. If official transcripts are used in the foreign credential evaluation, the official transcript requirement will be considered met. However, if unofficial documents are used in the foreign credential evaluation, final official transcripts must be sent to UTSA.
- An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
- The Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA) is a private corporation that provides evaluations of foreign school credentials. The application is available at: Application for Credentials Evaluation.
- IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
- TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 60 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
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