The minimum number of semester credit hours required for the degree, exclusive of coursework or other study required to remove 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 Internship or PAD 6966 Internship; 46 credit hours are required for students without prior work experience.
Master of Public Administration
UTSA’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) program prepares students for public service careers and leadership roles in government, public and nonprofit realms. The MPA Faculty works to nurture a student’s commitment to ethical public service in their respective communities. All classes are offered through in-class instruction and held in the city’s political, economic and cultural center, on the conveniently-located UTSA Downtown Campus. The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).
Our Mission: The MPA program at The University of Texas at San Antonio educates responsible leaders and ethical public servants through a curriculum incorporating original research and practice. The program’s diverse graduates, representing a wide range of professional and community backgrounds, serve the public locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. Bridging research and practice, MPA graduates demonstrate the decision making, management, communication and analytical skills necessary to sustain a responsive and effective public sector.
Program Admission Requirements
To qualify for admission, applicants must:
- satisfy University-wide graduate admission requirements.
- complete (or have completed) an undergraduate course in U.S. government or politics (3 hours).
- submit a letter of intent.
- The 500 word letter of intent should state the applicant’s reasons for pursuing the M.P.A., how their educational and/or career experience has prepared them for the M.P.A. program, and how the degree will help the applicant achieve her or his goals.
- submit two letters of recommendation are required from persons familiar with the applicants academic and/or work abilities (normally, professors and/or work supervisors).
Applicants may be admitted as unconditional, conditional, or special graduate students. Admission as a special graduate student does not guarantee subsequent admission as a degree-seeking student; such students must reapply for degree-seeking status.
For a complete listing of courses that satisfy degree requirements see the graduate catalog.
Degree candidates must complete the following requirements:
A. 25 semester credit hours of core courses:
PAD 5003 Introduction to Public Service Leadership and Management
PAD 5023 Research Design and Methods
PAD 5033 Theories of Public Organizations
PAD 5233 Applied Research I
PAD 5323 Public Policy Process
PAD 5363 Public Budgeting and Finance
PAD 5393 Economics for Public Affairs
PAD 6001 Leadership and Communication Skills Development Seminar
PAD 6923 Applied Research II
B. 15 semester credit hours of Public Administration electives, chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor.
C. Comprehensive examination. Degree candidates are required to pass an oral comprehensive examination. The examination is administered in the form of a presentation to a faculty committee of the exit paper written by the student in the required PAD 6923 Applied Research II course.
Total Credit Hours: 40
Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration and Leadership
For more information, contact:
Department of Public Administration
Durango Building (Downtown Campus) DB 4.114
Patricia Jaramillo, PhD