Online Master of Public Administration

The Program

The MPA is an accredited online program open to qualified individuals holding a baccalaureate degree. The program is committed to developing and preparing individuals employed in or seeking careers in the public and nonprofit sectors, to lead and manage public agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Taking advantage of the location in the South Texas border region, we provide the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for leadership and management roles in a culturally diverse international society. Through commitment to innovative teaching, research, and community engagement, we emphasize excellence in education and training by teaching students to value public service, think analytically and critically, and to communicate effectively.

The MPA degree has been in existence since 2001 and is especially beneficial for mid-career professionals who wish to enhance their professional knowledge and skills. It is also the degree of choice for those who desire employment in the public and nonprofit sectors.

The MPA program received accreditation from NASPAA (National Association of Schools of Public Policy Affairs and Administration) in 2013. NASPAA is the body that sets rigorous national standards for MPA programs. For more information about NASPAA, visit their website at:

The MPA program is entirely online and consists of 42 hours of graduate credit coursework. Thirty-three (33) hours constitute the core curriculum, with nine (9) hours of electives. The MPA elective offerings are flexible so as to optimize the fit for your professional needs. Electives are determined in close consultation with the program director to provide that best fit.



  1. The applicant must hold a baccalaureate degree from any accredited institution.
  2. The applicant must complete an application and must submit it on-line at APPLY TEXAS,
  3. The applicant must pay an application fee (as of 08.2013 the fee is 35.00).There are application deadlines and late fees may be assessed if the deadline is not met).
  4. The applicant must submit a personal narrative of 300 words explaining why pursuing a MPA is important for your professional aspirations.
  5. The applicant must complete a personal interview with at least two MPA faculty members.

Future Employment

South Texas and the Mexican border areas are experiencing profound economic and social change and growth bringing with it the challenges and opportunities to communities throughout the region. The demand for professional management of public agencies and nonprofit organizations is far beyond current capacity and is likely to be so for the foreseeable future. The MPA program is uniquely positioned to prepare rising generation of public-spirited and community-minded residents for careers in government and nonprofit management careers at all levels. The program’s on-line design allows those with active careers to enhance their existing competencies and acquire new skills critical to professional advancement or to shift into new career paths. Areas that an MPA degree is especially desirable include:

  • city management and planning
  • community and economic development
  • health care management
  • nonprofit management and social entrepreneurship
  • international development

The degree is also appealing to law enforcement professionals in local, state and federal service who might be considering widening their horizons beyond a criminal justice focus.


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