Masters in Public Administration

TAMUCC College of Liberal Arts

Go Public!
As part of the National Association of Schools of Public Administration and Affairs (NASPAA), the Masters of Public Administration Program at TAMUCC encourages you to go public with your career.

Public Administration focuses on the application of Public Administration theory and concepts in real world situations.  The program focuses on the management of critical issues in our three tracks:

  • Public Management
  • Public Safety
  • Healthcare Administration

TAMUCC Public Administration Alumni have careers such as:

  • Managerial careers in public and not-for-profit sectors
  • City Manager
  • Rehabilitation Hospital CEO
  • Public Management Consulting Firm Vice-President

MPA Program Goals:

The Master's in Public Administration program at TAMUCC seeks to contribute to the improvement of public service through the pursuit of several major goals:

  • To provide an academic experience emphasizing critical analysis concerning the theoretical context of public administration in democractic government.
  • To contribute to the development of the highest ethical and professional standards in public administration
  • To graduate well-prepared, professional public administrators, providing leadership for the next generation of public servants in South Texas.
  • To help underrepresented groups gain professional administrative skills and public sector leadership positions.

Application Requirements

MPA Application Checklist

  1. Submit an Application for Graduate Admission to the TAMUCC Office of Admissions. Applicants with present or past work experience in the public or not-for-profit sector should submit a full employment resume.
  2. Submit official bachelor's degree or highest degree earned transcript.
  3. Apply to various sources for loans and grants.
  4. Receive letter of admission from Admission Office.
  5. Receive letter of admission from MPA Coordinator.

MPA Admission Requirements

In addition to the admission requirements outlined for graduate programs, the MPA program requires the following:

  • Transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work undertaken from regionally accredited universities.
  • Two letters of evaluation from individuals such as professors and employers who can attest to your potential for success in a graduate program of study. Letters of evaluation should specifically address your potential for a successful career and your motivation for graduate study.
  • A personal essay. Applicants must submit a 300 - 500 word essay describing work experience, educational goals, professional goals, languages spoken and any other material that would be relevant. As part of your professional goals statement, the personal essay should also address the reasons and motivations for seeking an MPA degree.
  • A full employment resume. Applicants accepted into the program must develop an initial degree plan that is approved by the MPA Coordinator. The student then will be assigned a faculty adviser.
Application Deadlines
Applying for
U.S. Applicants
International Applicants
Fall Semester April 1 April 1
Spring Semester November 1 September 1

Degree Plan 

The Master of Public Administration degree requires a minimum of 39 hours of graduate academic course work.  All MPA students are required to complete 8 core courses (24 semester hours).

  • PADM 5301 - Theory and Practice of Public Administration
  • PADM 5302 - Policy Making and Public Administration
  • PADM 5304 - Human Resource Management
  • PADM 5305 - Public Budgeting and Finance
  • PADM 5310 - Public Organizations
  • PADM 5311 - Research Methods in Public Administration
  • PADM 5312 - Statistics for Public Administration
  • PADM 5365 - Seminar in Public Administration-Capstone

Currently, the MPA program offers 5 tracks of study.  For each track, an additional 15 hours of coursework is required.

Security Studies Track 

Courses required for this track are:

  • PADM 5380 - Homeland Security and Public Administration
  • PADM 5381 - Modern Terrorism and Counter Terrorism
  • PADM 5382 - Emergency Management and Disaster Planning Practicum

Students will also need to take two courses (6 semester hours) from the list below:

  • COSC 5374 - Computer Forensics
  • COSC 5375 - Information Assurance
  • COSC 5376 - Network Security
  • COSC 5379 - Advanced Information Assurance
  • CRIJ 5302 - Foundations of Criminal Justice
  • CRIJ 5380 - Issues in Justice Administration
  • ENGL 5396 - Individual Study (In Homeland Security Policy)
  • ESCI 5302 - Federal Environmental Laws and Regulations
  • ESCI 5330 - Oil Spill Management 
  • ESCI 5370 - Hazardous Waste Treatment Technologies
  • ESCI 5408 -  Environmental Microbiology
  • ESCI 5480 - Environmental Assessment
  • PADM 5308 - Administrative Law
  • PADM 5397 - Internship

Health Care Administration Track 

Students in this track are required to take the following five courses (15 semester hours):

  • HCAD 5312 - The Health Care System
  • HCAD 5320 - Health Economics and Policy
  • HCAD 5325 - Health Care Financial Management
  • HCAD 5330 - Health Law and Ethics
  • HCAD 5390 - Health Care Selected Topics

Public Management Track

Students choosing this track are required to take the following four courses (12 semester hours):

  • PADM 5308 - Administrative Law
  • PADM 5306 - Public Sector Fiscal Management and Analysis
  • PADM 5335 - Program Evaluation
  • PADM 5360 - Strategic Planning

and one additional course (3 semester hours) from the following list:

  • PADM 5300 - U.S. Government Institutions
  • PADM 5303 - Administrative Ethics
  • PADM 5396 - Individual Study
  • PADM 5397 - Internship

Non-Profit Management Track

Students who elect to focus on non-profit management within the MPA program will take the following four courses (12 semester hours):

  • PADM 5331 - Managing the Non-Profit Organization
  • PADM 5332 - Resource Development for Non-Profit Organizations
  • PADM 5335 - Program Evaluation
  • PADM 5360 - Strategic Planning

and one additional course (3 semester hours) from the following list:

  • PADM 5300 - U.S. Government Institutions
  • PADM 5303 - Administrative Ethics
  • PADM 5306 - Public Sector Fiscal Management and Analysis
  • PADM 5308 - Administrative Law
  • PADM 5396 - Individual Study
  • PADM 5397 - Internship

Environmental Science Track 

Students considering the Environmental Science Track without a strong foundation in the physical science should consider upper-level undergraduate coursework in the physical sciences prior to initiation of track course studies.  

Students who elect a focus on environmental studies within the MPA program will take the following two required courses (6 semester hours):

  • PADM 5308 - Administrative Law
  • ESCI 5302 - Federal Environmental Laws and Regulations

and three of the following courses (9 semester hours):

  • ESCI 5320 - Advanced Environmental Health
  • ESCI 5322 - Industrial Hygiene
  • ESCI 5330 - Oil Spill Management
  • ESCI 5345 - Living with Coastal Hazards
  • ESCI 5360 - Coastal Management and Ocean Law
  • ESCI 5370 - Hazardous Waste Treatment Technologies
  • ESCI 5408 - Environmental Microbiology
  • ESCI 5480 - Environmental Assessment
  • ESCI 5490 - Advanced Topics
  • ESCI 6340 - Ocean Resources
  • BLAW 5330 - Environmental Law and Policy

 

 

 

 

Dr. Melissa Jarrell

Graduate Coordinator

Dr. Melissa Jarrell
Bay Hall 3.01
melissa.jarrell@tamucc.edu

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