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Master of Public Administration

studentsThe Master of Public Administration program (MPA), offered through the Department of Political Science, is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.

Distinguishing characteristics of the program include opportunities for students from a variety of academic backgrounds; a choice of diverse subspecialties; rich and frequent contact between students and faculty; opportunities for professional networking for students with alumni; focus on continued professional development; emphasis on management in political institutions and processes; integrations of theoretical and applied approaches to management.

Courses are available in San Marcos, Austin, Round Rock and over the internet. Students have the opportunity to take late afternoon or evening classes.

The Master of Public Administration Program's mission is to cultivate practical, research-oriented students for careers as reflective practitioners guided by democratic values, integrity, and service.

All MPA students complete a common set of 10 core classes and 3 specialization area courses. All students are required to complete the Applied Research Project and pass an oral examination. The MPA faculty brings a variety of perspectives to the program and endeavors to share the latest and most pressing issues with students through courses and the Applied Research Project. The Faculty encourages students to think critically and creatively in addressing public concerns and problems.

MPA Mission Statement
MPA Admissions
MPA Degree Requirements
MPA costs & Financial Aid Availability
MPA Advising Form
MPA Internship Guidelines
MPA Oral Examination Process
MPA Handbook
NASPAA Data on Accredited Programs
Political Science Department
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NASPAA Reacreditation Successful

Self Study Report

On July 22, 2010 we received word that the MPA Program has been re-accredited for another seven years. The reaccreditation process officially began in the fall of 2008 when we started our self-study year. During this year we collected volumes of data on the program and sent questionnaires to students, alumni, and employers. The Self–Study Report collected and summarized this data. The report is available at http://ecommons.txstate.edu/padmpub/4/. This report provides extensive information about the Texas State MPA Program. Check it out.
At the end of the summer (2009) we submitted the report to the accrediting body of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. In November we passed the first hurdle and were approved to move forward with a site visit. In early February we welcomed team chair Dr. Ethel Williams (MPA Program Chair University of Nebraska), and team members, Dr. Saundra Reinke (MPA Program Director, Augusta State) and William Solomon, MPA, Esq. (Manager, Miami Dade County Parks and Recreation) to campus for an intensive program review.

During the team’s visit they met with students, alumni, Deans, Vice Presidents, faculty, CenTex officers, librarians and advisory council members. The site visit team issued a positive report and commended the program for outstanding Applied Research Projects, faculty accessibility, supportive administrators, passionate and engaged stakeholders (students, alumni, advisory council members, CenTex ASPA members) and Dodie’s outstanding support services. The team voiced concerns about faculty diversity, succession planning, a learning outcome system focused exclusively on the final project, support staff overload, and an unmanageable number of career support areas, which create course scheduling problems. The team suggested an expanded system of student advising and mid-career counseling. In the spirit of review, the faculty are now about half way through a course by course program review, and have raised admission standards. Also, Dodie’s responsibilities have been re-ordered and more of her time has been freed up to serve the MPA Program.

Special thanks go out to the advisory council and others who provided invaluable support during the process. Chair, Debby Tucker; Vice Chair, Phillip Ruiz; Secretary, Kolette Palacios; and Program Trend Committee Chair, Adrienne Arnold worked closely with me to coordinate events. Jo Wicker, facilitated an advisory council/faculty retreat that informed large sections of the report and stimulated changes in the program. Every faculty member collected data and wrote sections of the report. Delaina Toothman and Dodie Weidner worked on data collection for the self-study document. Political Science Chair, Vicki Brittain; Dean of Liberal Arts, Anne Marie Ellis; Dean of the Graduate College, Michael Willoughby; Provost, Perry Moore; and Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, Debbie Thorne were also engaged and supportive.