Course of Study
The Course of Study approved for the MPA degree must be completed within six years of the date of initial enrollment in the program. In certain cases a waiver of the time limit for degree completion may be granted. Students should submit their request for a waiver in writing to the director of the MPA Program.
If a student chooses the Applied Research option to graduation, then he/she is required to take background courses, core courses and electives as shown in this guide.
** It is advised that PA 5300 be taken within the first six hours and PA 5390 within the first 12 hours. It is also advised that PA 5390, PA 5397 and PA 5398 be taken sequentially.
If a student chooses the Thesis option to graduation, then he/she is required to take background courses, core courses and electives as shown in this guide.
** It is advised that PA 5300 be taken within the first six hours and PA 5390 within the first 12 hours. It is strongly advised that PA 5390, PA 5399A and PA 5399B be taken sequentially.
If a student chooses the Non-thesis option to graduation, then he/she is required to take background courses, core courses and electives as shown in this guide.
Under certain unusual circumstances, students may be unable to take all the courses required by their degree outline or may have a specific career need that is not met by the required curriculum. In such cases, the MPA Graduate Director may recommend a substitution of courses. Any degree outline change request must be completed prior to the student's registering for a course that is not included in the degree outline. All recommended course substitutions must be requested in writing on the appropriate Graduate College form. The form must be signed by the Graduate Director and forwarded to the Dean of the Graduate College for approval. The Dean of Graduate College has the final authority to approve or disapprove course substitutions. Any course taken without an approved degree outline change request is taken at the student's own risk and may not count toward the degree.
In some cases up to nine hours of credits earned from other universities may be transferred to the MPA degree program. The process varies depending on whether the transfer occurs at the start of the degree program or while the program is in progress.
Prior Transfer Credit
The Director of the MPA Program has the responsibility of evaluating graduate courses taken at other universities to see if they can be applied toward the MPA degree and making a recommendation to the Dean of Graduate Studies. As a rule up to nine credit hours may be transferred to Texas State University MPA Program prior to admission. To be eligible for transfer, these courses must have been taken while enrolled and accepted in a graduate program at the institution from which transfer credit is desired. All transfers are subject to the final approval of the Dean of the Graduate College. Courses taken over six years prior to admission to the Graduate School normally cannot be transferred. To request transfer credit, a copy of the official transcript and a copy of the catalog course description must be provided to the Graduate Director.