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.


*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

Degree Plan

During the first semester after qualifying for acceptance into the MPA program, a degree plan should be developed for approval by the Graduate Coordinator. The degree plan should be prepared by the student in consultation with the advisor and indicate that course work required for conferral of the MPA degree, including any basic proficiencies and internship hours where appropriate.

The Master of Public Administration degree requires a minimum of 36 hours of graduate academic course work. All MPA students are required to complete 7 core courses (21 semester hours).

PADM 5301           Theory and Practice of Public Administration                                            

PADM 5302

Policy Making and Public Administration

PADM 5304

Human Resource Management

PADM 5305

Public Budgeting and Finance

PADM 5310

Public Organizations

PADM 5311

Research Methods in Public Administration

PADM 5365

Seminar in Public Administration-Capstone

Currently, the MPA program offers 3 tracks of study. For each track, an additional 15 hours of coursework is required.

Health Care Administration Track:

HCAD 5312 The Health Care System
HCAD 5320 Health Economics and Policy
HCAD 5325 Health Care Financial Management
HCAD 5330  Health Law and Ethics
HCAD 5390 Health Care Selected Topics

Public Management Track

Choose 5 courses from the list below:

PADM 5300    U.S Government Institutions    
PADM 5303 Administrative Ethics
PADM 5306 Public Sector Fiscal Management & Analysis            
PADM 5308 Administrative Law
PADM 5331  Managing the Non-profit Organization
PADM 5335 Program Evaluation
PADM 5360 Strategic Planning
PADM 5370 Topics in Public Administration
PADM 5396 Individual Study
PADM 5397 Internship

Public Safety Track

Choose 5 courses from the list below:

COSC 5374       Computer Forensics
COSC 5376 Network Security
CRIJ 5302 Foundations of Criminal Justice
CRIJ 5310 Seminar in Juvenile Justice
CRIJ 5320 Correctional Theory & Policy
CRIJ 5330 Seminar in Juvenile Justice
CRIJ 5351 Seminar in Criminal Justice Management
CRIJ 5380 Issues in Justice Administration
CRIJ 5396 Individual Study
PADM 5335 Program Evaluation
PADM 5370 Topics in Public Administration
PADM 5380 Homeland Security & Public Administration
PADM 5381 Modern Terrorism & Counter Terrorism
PADM 5382 Emergency Management & Disaster Planning Practicum
PADM 5396 Individual Study
PADM 5397  Internship
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Contact for More Information:

Dr. Beth Rauhaus