Public Administration, MPA

College of Liberal Arts

College of Liberal Arts

Go Public!

As part of the National Association of Schools of Public Administration and Affairs (NASPAA), the Masters of Public Administration Program at TAMUCC encourages you to go public with your career.

Public Administration focuses on the application of Public Administration theory and concepts in real world situations. The program focuses on the management of critical issues in our three tracks:
  • Public Management
  • Public Safety
  • Healthcare Administration

TAMUCC Public Administration Alumni have careers such as:

  • Managerial careers in public and not-for-profit sectors
  • City Manager
  • Rehabilitation Hospital CEO
  • Public Management Consulting Firm Vice-President

Domestic Students:

*Priority deadline to receive complete applications:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
April 1 November 1 Not Offered Not Offered

Last deadline for receipt of complete applications:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
August 13 January 7 Not Offered Not Offered

International Students:

Priority deadline to receive complete applications:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
April 1 November 1 Not Offered Not Offered

Last deadline for receipt of complete applications:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
May 1 December 3 Not Offered Not Offered

*Complete application should be received for full admissions and funding consideration 

Application requirements

Complete Application for Admission:
  • Apply for Admission via Apply Texas Application
  • An applicant may defer admission to an earlier/later semester. Applications are valid for one year. One deferral is allowed per application.
Application fee:
    • $50 for US citizen, $70 for International Students

    Please Note: Applicants who wish to apply for a different program will be required to submit a new application. The application processing fee is required for each application submitted.

Requirements

*Please allow 3-5 business days to receive a Student ID before submitting additional supporting documents.

Application requirements specific to this program:

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate course work taken at any accredited college or University attended (Foreign College credits/transcripts require an official foreign evaluation. Please click here).  TAMU-CC transcript is not required.
  • 300-500 word essay describing work experience, educational goals, professional goals, languages spoken and any other material that would be relevant. The essay should also address the reasons and motivations for seeking an MPA degree.
  • Resume
  • Two letters of Recommendation from individuals such as professors and employers attesting to the applicant's potential for success in a graduate program of study.

Submit supporting documents online.

Additional International Applicant Requirements

Application requirements for international applicants:

  • Copy of current Visa (if applicable)
  • English Language Proficiency. TAMUCC currently accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) within the last 2 years  :
    • Official TOEFL score minimum paper-based score of 550 or internet-based score of 79-80
    • Official IELTS score minimum 6.5

The Master of Public Administration degree requires a minimum of 36 hours of graduate academic course work.

MPA Seven Required Courses (21 sem. hrs.)

Each student must successfully complete:

  • PADM 5301 - Theory and Practice of Public Administration 3 sem. hrs.
  • PADM 5302 - Policy Making and Public Administration 3 sem. hrs.
  • PADM 5304 - Human Resource Management 3 sem. hrs.
  • PADM 5305 - Public Budgeting and Finance 3 sem. hrs.
  • PADM 5310 - Public Organizations 3 sem. hrs.
  • PADM 5311 - Research Methods in Public Administration 3 sem. hrs.
  • PADM 5365 - Seminar in Public Administration - Capstone 3 sem. hrs. 
  • All MPA core courses must have been completed before the capstone course is taken. 
  • Course is to be taken in the last term prior to graduation.

Program Tracks

In addition to the seven courses above, each student must successfully complete one of the following specific program tracks:

Health Care Administration Track

Students who elect a focus on health care administration will take, in addition to the core, the five following courses:

  • HCAD 5312 - The Health Care System 3 sem. hrs. 
  • HCAD 5320 - Health Economics and Policy 3 sem. hrs.
  • HCAD 5325 - Health Care Financial Management 3 sem. hrs.
  • HCAD 5330 - Health Law and Ethics 3 sem. hrs.
  • HCAD 5390 - Health Care Selected Topics 3 sem. hrs.

Public Management Track

Students who choose this broad and general preparation will take, in addition to the core:

Five public management courses (15 sem. hrs.) selected from the following:

  • PADM 5300 - U.S. Government Institutions 3 sem. hrs.
  • PADM 5303 - Administrative Ethics 3 sem. hrs.
  • PADM 5306 - Public Sector Fiscal Management and Analysis 3 sem. hrs.
  • PADM 5308 - Administrative Law 3 sem. hrs.
  • PADM 5313 - Survey Research for Public and Non-Profit Managers 3 sem. hrs.
  • PADM 5320 - Diversity in Public Administration 3 sem. hrs.
  • PADM 5331 - Public and Non-Profit Management 3 sem. hrs.
  • PADM 5335 - Program Evaluation 3 sem. hrs.
  • PADM 5360 - Strategic Planning 3 sem. hrs.
  • PADM 5370 - Topics in Public Administration 3 sem. hrs.
  • PADM 5377 - Grant Writing 3 sem. hrs.
  • PADM 5382 - Emergency Management and Disaster Planning Practicum 3 sem. hrs.
  • PADM 5396 - Individual Study 3 sem. hrs.
  • PADM 5399 - Internship 3 sem. hrs.

Public Safety Track

Students who elect a focus on public safety within the MPA program will take, in addition to the core:

Five public safety courses (15 sem. hrs.) selected from the following

  • COSC 6374 - Computer Forensics 3 sem. hrs.
  • COSC 6376 - Network Security 3 sem. hrs.
  • PADM 5313 - Survey Research for Public and Non-Profit Managers 3 sem. hrs.
  • PADM 5320 - Diversity in Public Administration 3 sem. hrs.
  • PADM 5331 - Public and Non-Profit Management 3 sem. hrs.
  • PADM 5335 - Program Evaluation 3 sem. hrs.
  • PADM 5370 - Topics in Public Administration 3 sem. hrs.
  • PADM 5377 - Grant Writing 3 sem. hrs.
  • PADM 5380 - Homeland Security and Public Administration 3 sem. hrs.
  • PADM 5381 - Modern Terrorism and Counter Terrorism 3 sem. hrs.
  • PADM 5382 - Emergency Management and Disaster Planning Practicum 3 sem. hrs.
  • PADM 5396 - Individual Study 3 sem. hrs.
  • PADM 5399 - Internship 3 sem. hrs.

Non-Profit Management Track

Students who elect to focus on non-profit management within the MPA program will take, in addition to the core courses:

Five non-profit management courses (15 sem. hrs.) selected from the following:

  • PADM 5313 - Survey Research for Public and Non-Profit Managers 3 sem. hrs.
  • PADM 5320 - Diversity in Public Administration 3 sem. hrs.
  • PADM 5331 - Public and Non-Profit Management 3 sem. hrs.
  • PADM 5335 - Program Evaluation 3 sem. hrs.
  • PADM 5360 - Strategic Planning 3 sem. hrs.
  • PADM 5370 - Topics in Public Administration 3 sem. hrs.
  • PADM 5377 - Grant Writing 3 sem. hrs.
  • PADM 5396 - Individual Study 3 sem. hrs.
  • PADM 5399 - Internship 3 sem. hrs.
For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the Business Office's website.

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Contact for More Information:

Dr. Beth Rauhaus