July 24, 2014

Dr. Aziza Zemrani
Interim Program Director
(956) 665-7845

Department of Public Affairs & Security Studies
Social and Behavioral Sciences- SBS 229
Phone: (956) 665-2545
Fax: (956) 665-2139

Master of Public Administration

University of Texas Pan American (UTPA) offers a program leading to the degree of Master of Public Administration (MPA). The MPA degree is housed in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The MPA degree is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide students with a basic administrative concepts and competencies that can be utilized in a variety of administrative careers in public and nonprofit agencies. It is the program’s intention to move towards applying for accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).

The Master of Public Administration program prepares students for leadership positions in all levels of government and non-profit organizations. We have faculty involved in cross-border research, and there are many opportunities for students to become involved in international, national, state and local research.

If you have decided that you would like a career in a governmental agency or a non-profit organization, you are in exactly the right place. The MPA degree gives you flexibility and career enhancing potential. It gives you a distinct advantage either in the initial job selection process or the career advancement process. You will be the employee with the advanced degree; a degree which relates directly to your career choice in public service.

Unable to attend Campus? Try our Online Master of Public Administration Program

List of MPA Faculty Achievements:

  •  Three students have won the Clarence E. Ridley annual scholarship sponsored by the Texas City Managers Association (TCMA)
  •  John Milford won the prestigious TCMA Terrell Blodgett Educator of the Year Award
  • Five consecutive years one of our students have won the ASPA Section for Professional and Organizational Development Student Scholarship 
  •  Cynthia Lynch won the prestigious American Society of Public Administration (ASPA) Laverna Burchfield Award
  •  Cynthia Lynch won the ASPA PA Times Best Article Award
MPA faculty have won a UTPA Provost Annual Award three times.


Career Opportunities with an MPA degree:

Federal, State and Local Government

Non-profit organization

Time to Degree: 2 years

Total Credit Hours: 36 hours

Areas of Concentration: Generalists, Local Government, Nonprofit Management, Financial Management, Public Policy Analysis

For questions on advisement and registration please refer to eAdvisement icon or you may also contact Dr. Zemrani at azemrani@utpa.edu or at 956-665-7845.

*eAdvisement and eMentoring services will be made available soon.

Please consult the Student Handbook for course description, program requirements and student engagement opportunities.

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