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Director's Message

 

Welcome to Texas State University's Master of Public Administration Program

Our program enrolls approximately 125 students in our San Marcos, Round Rock, and Austin campuses. Each year approximately 45 students graduate with our MPA degree. Since the inception of the MPA program in 1973, over 1,500 individuals have received their MPA degree. Our students are employed with local, state, federal governments and serve as leaders of community and non-profit organizations.  Our alumni network is large and our faculty partner with the Texas City Managers Association (Region 7) and the Central Texas Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. 

Distinguishing characteristics of the program include:   opportunities for students from a variety of academic backgrounds; a choice of diverse sub-specialties; rich and frequent contact between students and faculty; opportunities for professional networking for students with alumni; continuing professional development.

Texas State University has established a reputation for quality educational programs and a practical research focus.  The mission statement of our MPA program is to “cultivate practical, research-oriented students for careers as reflective practitioners guided by democratic values, integrity, and service.”   Our program fulfils this mission by investing considerable time building writing and research skills.  Students demonstrate mastery of these skills in the Applied Research Project (ARPs).  Student applied research projects can be found online at https://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/105.  These student projects have been full-text downloaded over 250,000 times.  Student projects have won national awards and are published and cited in leading academic and professional journals. 

Our MPA program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Administration.  If you have questions about MPA program or Graduate School requirements or procedures or would like to arrange a campus visit please feel free to contact me.

Dr. Patricia Shields
Former director, Master of Public Administration