Master’s of Public Administration (M.P.A.)

St. Mary's University

Program Description

Master’s of Public Administration (M.P.A.)

St. Mary's University

A comprehensive curriculum in the Master of Public Administration Program at St. Mary’s University promotes professional excellence and exposes students to classical works and methodologies in the public administration discipline. Our courses are taught by highly respected faculty members and practitioners in urban management and public policy. Additionally, we now offer the option of a certificate in Public Communication, Public Policy and Public Leadership for Public Administration graduate students, as well as a Legislative Internship Program.

The MPA with a specialization in Urban Management, which is a 36-hour program, seeks to fill a need by municipalities throughout Texas and the Southwest for the training of local government managers. The St. Mary’s program is one of the few in Texas with a curriculum designed to serve this mission.

The Urban Management specialization focuses on how local government area administered and managed. The core courses are designed to address contemporary issues confronting urban managers, such as:

  • Management of scarce resources
  • Ethics and leadership
  • Effective service delivery

Course areas include:

  • Public Budgeting
  • Municipal Law
  • Urban Planning and Economic Development
  • Ethics
  • Leadership
  • Urban Political Institution
  • Internship Requirement

Career Opportunities

The Master of Public Administration program at St. Mary’s University trains students to become highly effective and successful public policy leaders or analysts. Public Administration graduates are in high demand by local and state government agencies and nonprofit organizations throughout Texas and the Southwest.

Career opportunities include:

  • City manager;
  • Budget director;
  • Urban planner;
  • Public works and utilities' administration;
  • Heads of federal, state and government agencies;
  • Nonprofit leadership;
  • Legislative staff.
This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated February 8, 2018
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