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.
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. Renee D. Nank, 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
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.
Search national listings targeting MPA graduates at Public Service Careers.
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.
Located at UTSA Downtown Campus, the College of Public Policy serves as the umbrella for the Department of Public Administration.
Current News & Events
State of the MPA Program Report, 2011-2012
The department has completed its biannual alumni survey as well as an overview of its current students. In conjunction with the self study report in anticipation of the upcoming reaccreditation in Spring 2013, this report is an excellent reminder for just how amazing, diverse and energetic our students and alumni are! Bringing these voices together helps us in continuing to provide a high quality and responsive education. View the report 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.
Seven UTSA master's programs recognized
College of Public Policy, Master of Public Administration program received national recognition by Eduniversal international committee. 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.
Contributions to PAD provide funds for scholarships, research fellowships, faculty research support benefiting our students and the community.