What is MPA?
Master in Public Administration
Public Administration as a discipline developed from the study of political science, management, and law. Public Administration, both as a scholarly study and professional preparation is interdisciplinary in substance and methodology, borrowing from economics, sociology, psychology, business, and industrial engineering as well as political science and law. At the University of Texas- Pan American, the study of public administration at the graduate level is intended as professional preparation for public service in governmental agencies at the federal, state, regional and local levels and for not for profit agencies. As professional preparation, the Public Administration Program is responsive to the needs of governmental agencies at the federal, state, regional, and local levels as well as the needs of the non-profit sector. The Public Administration Program offers students the opportunity to develop skills required to properly serve the public and to have successful public sector careers.
The MPA Student
Students in the MPA Program come from a variety of educational backgrounds and work experiences. A majority of the students are employed full-time. To serve the many students who work full-time, classes are scheduled from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and from 7:10 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. This allows students to attend evening classes while they continue with their careers. Graduates have gone on to successful careers in federal, state, and local governments, as well as, in non-profit agencies.
The University of Texas Pan American is located in the semi-tropical Rio Grande Valley of Texas near the Gulf of Mexico and the beaches of South Padre Island, as well as the scenic mountains of Monterrey, Mexico. The Rio Grande Valley is home to two of the fastest growing urban areas in the United States. The Valley is home to four counties, 46 municipalities, 33 school districts, many special districts and two councils of governments. The programs and services provided by these local governments are as varied as their nature.