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Director's Message

Welcome to Texas State University's Master of Public Administration Program
Our program enrolls approximately 100 students in our San Marcos and Round Rock campuses. Each year approximately 45 students graduate with our MPA degree. Since the inception of the MPA program in 1973, over 1,600 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. We offer courses via three modalities of delivery: face-to-face, fully online and hybrid (course meets once every month). 

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 via three culminating experiences:  the Applied Research Project (ARP) option, the Thesis option, and the Non-Thesis Option. Student applied research projects can be found online at  These student projects have been full-text downloaded over a million 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 Dr. Nandhini Rangarajan at or MPA program  assistant Ms. Dodie Weidner at