Public Administration



Welcome to the Department of Public Administration!  Our program is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).

Housing the Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Public Administration, as well as the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration and Leadership, students graduate from UTSA with the skills necessary to work within public, private and nonprofit realms, making a difference in their communities and for themselves.  Our alumni hold a variety of nonprofit management and government positions at the local, state and federal levels.

 Whether a returning student or just beginning your academic goals, the Department of Public Administration's program offerings are useful for those already established in their fields, as well as those pursuing new or alternative careers.

Faculty work diligently as mentors and advisors, guiding students toward the requirements of the field of public administration.  Additionally, student support ranges from internship guidance to scholarship and graduate research assistantships.

The Department of Public Administration began in 1982 as a master's degree offering within a larger department. It has grown now as a department of its own, currently housed under the College of Public Policy, with more than 200 active students within our different program offerings. Located at the UTSA Downtown Campus, our students enjoy access to the city's center and its offerings in nonprofit organizations, policy work, government offices and a diverse community.



Student Information  

Applying to the Program

All undergraduate students, including new Freshmen and Transfer students, should refer to Undergraduate Admissions for details on applying to our program. 

The Graduate School offers up to date information on applying to and requirements for our MPA program. Visit the Graduate School for more information. Our Graduate Advisor of Record, Dr. Jennifer Alexander,  is also available to potential students with questions. 


Students wanting to complete an internship should make note of application deadlines for applying as these are earlier than registration deadlines for any given semester.  We begin processing internship applications on the following dates:

Fall – July 1

Spring - October 15

Summer - April 1


PAD Fall & Spring Events

Fall & Spring 2013-2014 Calendar

Downloads  & Resources


The National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration is our accrediting body and a sign of quality a student can rely on.

For more information visit NASPAA.

Job Opportunities

Search national listings targeting MPA graduates at Public Service Careers.

Student Resources

Check class schedules and availability in ASAP, pay tuition, get parking, register for classes or graduation, and order transcripts – all in one place.

MPA Alumni Report

The alumni survey was designed to assess demographic and programmatic information from the graduates of the MPA program and is updated every two years. See our latest report here.

About COPP

Located at UTSA Downtown Campus, the College of Public Policy serves as the umbrella for the Department of Public Administration.

Current News & Events

Convention Center Follies, book by Dr. Heywood Sanders, is now available

Dr. Sanders' new publication through the University of Pennsylvania Press, offers a critical view of convention centers within urban redevelopment. For more about the book visit here.

The Department will hold a booksigning event in recognition of Dr. Sanders' contribution on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 5:30 p.m. UTSA Downtown Campus, Southwest Room 1.124.

MPA program receives NASPAA reaccreditation 

Master of Public Administration program critically reviewed and reaccredited by NASPAA. Read more about the process here.

Our annual report to NASPAA for the 2013-2014 academic year is now available.

UTSA alumnus receives prestigious fellowship with City of San Antonio

Master of Public Administration alumnus Chris Anderson '11 has been named a fellow in the nationally recognized City of San Antonio Management Fellows program.  Anderson is the first UTSA graduate to achieve this placement.  Read more here

MPA Student Interns in Washington

This summer MPA student Christine Duchouquette is interning in our nation's capital with the National School Board Assocation's Center for Public Education Initiative as an Archer Fellow.  Christine is eager to learn about and participate in federal-level decisons that trickle down to the state and local government, school boards and school districts.  Read more here

Fast-growing MPA degree program in San Antonio

Dr. Christopher G. Reddick, Department Chair, interviewed by GovPro Media regarding the MPA Program's fantastic growth over the last few years. Read more here.

San Antonio Business Journal's "40 Under 40" hail from UTSA

The San Antonio Business Journal honored seven Roadrunners on its "40 Under 40" list.  Among the list were three alumni from the College of Public Policy, Master of Public Administration program. Read more here.


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Contributions to PAD provide funds for scholarships, research fellowships, faculty research support benefiting our students and the community.