Public Administration

Are you inspired to tackle challenging problems in your community? Do you think about the role that government plays in the lives of residents? If you find yourself curious about how to change policies and programs, then a degree in Public Administration may be right for you.

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UTSA’s Public Administration Program

UTSA’s Public Administration degree prepares students to take on a wide range of issues such as environmental sustainability, affordable housing, educational equity, and walkable neighborhoods. This degree will prepare you for leadership roles in public service by giving you a strong foundation on how government works, a focus on urban planning and management, and tools to analyze complex problems. Students learn from scholars as well as experienced practitioners in the policy field.

With the program based at UTSA’s Downtown Campus, the city becomes part of our classroom experience. Students walk to City Hall for class field trips and complete internships at a range of agencies near campus. The program also offers students opportunities to study and gain professional experience in Washington, DC and at the state capitol in Austin, TX.

With a Bachelor of Public Administration degree, you will be able to develop the following skills:

  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Data analysis
  • Written and verbal communication
  • Teamwork & collaboration
  • Policy analysis and implementation
  • Project planning
  • Budgeting and Fundraising

Career Resources

This degree program provides students with a lot of flexibility and opportunity as they enter the workforce. Our graduates are helping their communities to address pressing challenges in housing affordability, food security, health disparities, land use and transportation. Students go on to work for government agencies, nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities. Some students also use the skills in this degree to pursue careers in the private sector including legal, healthcare and financial services work.

Many students use this program to prepare for Law School, or graduate studies in Social Work, Public Policy, Demography, Public Health, and other fields.

If you want to dedicate your career to serving others, Public Administration and Policy is a great choice.

UTSA’s University Career Center offers several resources to help students identify and develop the global skills necessary to successfully pursue and achieve lifelong career goals.


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Clinton Dean ’17

Public Administration Major

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Public Admin Major

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