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Why Pursue a Master's Degree in Public Administration

The UTSA MPA program contributes to regional governance by educating skilled and responsible leaders and managers for the public and non-profit sectors.

The program faculty, comprised of academics and practitioners, bring community-relevant research and public sector experience to the classroom, enabling students to broaden their world views and develop analytic and decision-making skills. The MPA course of study enables a diverse body of pre-service and mid-career students who are passionate about public service to improve their organizations and communities. The program inspires students to fulfill their full potential as public servants who formulate and solve complex problems collaboratively.

MPA graduates learn to identify and respect a diversity of values, interests, and stakeholders, and address public issues ethically and effectively.

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When you choose UTSA, you join a community of talented scholars and professionals being taught by award-winning faculty. Megan Legacy, chief executive officer of SA Hope Center and UTSA alumna, talks about her experience as a student of the Master of Public Administration program.

Admission & Application Requirements

Applications are submitted through the UTSA Graduate Application. Please upload all required documents (listed below) on your UTSA Graduate Application. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure completion and submission of the application, a nonrefundable application fee, and all required supporting documents are on file with UTSA by the appropriate application deadline.

Public Administration (MPA)
  Required Degree Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or have proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution.
  Minimum GPA 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) Departments may consider GPA of last 60 semester credit hours
  Coursework 18 credit hours in an area related to this graduate degree and at least 12 hours must be at the upper-division level. Interested applicants who are unsure if their background credit hours are related to this program are still strongly encouraged to apply.
  Transcripts* Required from all institutions attended; international transcripts must be recorded/translated to English
  Credential Evaluation Required if you have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions. Submit an evaluation of your transcripts from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) directly from the graduate admission application platform
  English Language Proficiency 550 TOEFL Paper / 79 TOEFL Internet / 6.5 IELTS / Duolingo 100
  Purpose Statement Required
  Resume Required
  Letters of Recommendation 1 academic or professional reference(s) demonstrating your attributes for successful completion of this program (you will request these through the Graduate Admissions Application; let your recommenders know of your deadline to ensure submissions are on time). Professional references for this program are preferred.
*Unofficial transcripts will be taken into consideration for admissions; however, if admitted into the program, you must submit official transcripts to the University.
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Application Deadlines

Applicants are encouraged to have their admission file completed as early as possible. All applications, required documents and letters of recommendation, if applicable, must be submitted by 5:00 PM U.S. Central Time on the day of the deadline. Deadlines are subject to change.

Public Administration (MPA)
Timing on Admission Decision: Completed applications will be reviewed for admission on a rolling basis. Decisions generally will be made and sent to applicants within 4 to 6 weeks of receiving the application.
Application Deadlines for: Priority International Domestic
Fall 2024 June 1 July 1
Spring 2025 November 1 December 1
Summer 2025 Not Available Not Available

Funding Opportunities

Funding is available for a limited number of Graduate Research Assistants (GRA). GRAs assist faculty members on their research projects. GRA openings are generally announced near or at a semester’s start by email or within the classroom. Students interested in working as a GRA may email the following to the Department’s administrative staff: (1) a cover letter specifying your interest and background and, (2) a current resume.

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Career Options

UTSA prepares you for future careers that are in demand. The possible careers below is data pulled by a third-party tool called Emsi, which pulls information from sources like the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, online job postings, other government databases and more to give you regional and national career outlook related to this academic program.

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public 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.

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

The Department of Public Administration also offers a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration and Leadership to further enhance your degree. Refer to the Graduate Catalog for additional information.

  • 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

Graduate Advisor of Record

Tansu Demir, PhD