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Master of Public Administration (MPA)
Masters Degree

Mission

 

The MPA 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, programs, and projects. 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 communicate effectively.

About Our Program

 

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 (Network of Schools of Public Policy Affairs and Administration) in 2013. TAMIU is the only regional institution in the A&M system to have this accrediation. NASPAA is a national organization with the authority to award accreditation to graduate programs in public administration, public policy, and public affairs. For more information about NASPAA, visit their website at http://www.naspaa.org/

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The MPA program is entirely online (with the exception of the Project/Internship requirement) 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 does not have a minor, so graduate students are encouraged to take electives that fit with their professional interests, rather than an ad-hoc selection. Any 5000-level graduate course offered at this institution, to include Special Topics, may be used to fulfill the electives requirement.

The MPA program also offers a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership & Management (CNLM). The CNLM consists of 12 hours. Students interested in the nonprofit area can use certificate courses as electives. Students are highly encouraged to take the extra course and graduate with both the MPA and the Certificate. For more information click in the link above or contact Dr. Timothy Dolan at timothy.dolan@tamiu.edu or call at 956.326.2475.

MPA Program Requirements

 

  1. Admissions by the Office of Graduate Studies (to include a personal interview by MPA faculty). The GRE is no longer required for admission.
  2. Select three faculty members to serve on your Advisory Committee.
  3. Completion of 42 hours of graduate work. Follow your Plan of Study.
  4. Maintain an overall GPA of 3.0; only one ‘C’ is allowed.
  5. Pass the Comprehensive Examination 

Important Additional Information

 

Course Sequence

New graduate students should enroll first in PADM 5375 (Survey of Public Administration) and PADM 5301 (Research Methods in Social Sciences). These two courses are prerequisites for most of the other courses in the program. The Two-Year Plan provides information about the schedule of course offerings. It is important that students plan accordingly to ensure that required classes are taken as they become available.

Enrollment Policy

Students in the MPA program must remain continuously enrolled in the University while in the program. This means that students must take at least one class each regular semester (Fall/Spring) until graduation unless special arrangements have been made. A student who is making satisfactory progress (3.0 GPA), but is unable to continue taking classes, must fill out a Leave of Absence form, subject to approval by the Office of Graduate Studies. http://www.tamiu.edu/gradschool/documents/LeaveofAbsenceForm.pdf.

Students who do not receive approval for a leave of absence will be dismissed from the MPA program and will have to re-apply for admission.

Expiration of Classes

It is important to know that graduate courses expire five years after completion. Consequently, graduate students have five years in which to complete the required coursework. All expired courses must be repeated in order to satisfy the degree requirements.



MPA Degrees Awarded

Year
2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017
Number 10 10 3 10 9 10




MPA Student Enrollment

Semester Fall 10 Spr 11 Fall 11 Spr 12 Fall 12 Spr 13 Fall 13 Spr 14 Fall 14 Spr 15 Fall 15 Spr 16 Fall 16 Spr 17 Fall 17
Number 36 28 29 26 27 23 36 35 45 31 35 45 46 49 63




MPA Job Placement [2014-2015]

Item Sector Number
1. National or central government in the same country as the program 1
2. State, provincial or regional government in the same country as the program 3
3. Government not in the same country as the program [all levels] or international quasi-governmental 1
4. Total 5




MPA Job Placement [2015-2016]

Item Sector Number
1. National or central government in the same country as the program 1
2. State, provincial or regional government in the same country as the program 3
3. Government not in the same country as the program [all levels] or international quasi-governmental 1
4. Total 5


 

 
MPA Job Placement [2016-2017]

Item Sector Number
1. National or central government in the same country as the program 1
2. State, provincial or regional government in the same country as the program 2
3. Government not in the same country as the program [all levels] or international quasi-governmental 5
4. Total 9



MPA Degree Completion Rate:2010-2011

Initially Enrolled
Graduated in 100%
Graduated in 150%
Graduated in 200%
9
3 3 4

  

MPA DEGREE COMPLETION RATE:2011-2012

Initially Enrolled
Graduated in 100%
Graduated in 150%
Graduated in 200%
11
1 3 4

 

 

TAMIU MPA Program

Enrollment Growth (2008-2017)

Year
Total Enrollment
% Change
2008
122
-
2009
116
-5
2010
99
-17
2011
67
-48
2012
68
1.5
2013
82
17
2014
97
15
2015
107
9
2016
138
22
2017
200
31
Source: Office of Institutional Effectiveness [Summer 2018]

 

 

 

TAMIU MPA Program

Student Profile (Spring 2018)

 

Category
Number
Percent
Total Enrollment
53
100
New Entrants
13
24
Female
33
62
Male
20
38
Full-time
18
34
Part-time
35
66
Texas Residents
51
96
Other States
2
4
International -Ethnicity
2
4
Hispanic
44
83
White
3
3
Black
4
8
Source: Office of Institutional Effectiveness: [07/11/2018]

 

TAMIU MPA Program

Graduation Rates (2008-2017)

 

Year 2-Year Graduation Rate 3-Year Graduation Rate 4-Year Graduation Rate 5-Year Graduation Rate
2007-2008 - 8% 19% 23%
2008-2009 - 12% 28% 28%
2009-2010 - 5% 12% 18%
2010-2011 - 33% 44% 44%
2011-2012 9% 18% 27% 36%
2012-2013 - 29% 43% 57%
2013-2014 - 42% 67% 75%
2014-2015 - 24% 29% 29%
2015-2016 7% 13% 13% 13%
2016-2017 5% 5% 5% 5%
Average 7% 19% 29% 33%

Source: Office of Institutional Effectiveness [05/16/18]

 

 

 

TAMIU MPA Program

Job Placement

 

Item

2013-2014

2014-2015

2015-2016

2016-2017

2017-2018

National or central government in the same country as the program

 

 

0

 

1

 

1

 

1

 

1

State, provincial or regional government in the same country as the program

 

0

 

3

 

3

 

3

 

0

Government not in the same country as the program [all levels] or international quasi-governmental

 

0

 

1

 

1

 

0

 

0

City, County or other local government in the same country as the program

 

2

 

0

 

0

 

5

 

4

Nonprofit domestic-oriented

 

1

 

0

 

0

 

1

 

1

Private sector but not research

 

1

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

1

Status unknown

 

1

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

Total

5

5

5

10

7

Source: Compiled by MPA Program Director [09/14/18]

 

 

 

 

TAMIU MPA Program

Comprehensive Exam Success Rate: 2008 – 2018

 

Year

N0. of Candidates

% Successful

% Failing

2008

19

68

32

2009

10

100

0

2010

0

0

0

2011

11

90

10

2012

8

88

12

2013

9

100

0

2014

4

100

0

2015

10

100

0

2016

12

83

17

2017

13

85

15

Mean

8

81

9

Source: Compiled by MPA Program Director [10/01/18]

 

 

Contact

Department of Social Sciences
5201 University Boulevard, 313J Canseco Hall, Laredo, TX 78041-1900
Phone: 956-326-2613 E-mail: pharuna@tamiu.edu