The Master of Public Affairs degree is a professional diploma designed to prepare students to build competencies and develop creative solutions for challenges in finance, leadership, human resources and project management. The degree will prepare students for carrying out administrative and leadership responsibilities in government and nonprofit settings. The specific outcome objectives for students who graduate with the MPA degree are:
- An understanding of the philosophical, theoretical and legal foundations of public management, policymaking and leadership in government and nonprofit settings.
- Proficiency in organizational and decision analysis, research and evaluation practice and quantitative and qualitative techniques
- Sound preparation for advanced study aimed at research centers
- Mastery of persuasive written and oral communication
School: School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences
Program: Public Affairs
Catalog page: MPA
Degree requirements: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
GPA: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Letters of recommendation: 3
Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who can judge the candidate’s probability of success in graduate school. Use the electronic request form in the graduate application to submit the letters. Contact the graduate academic program department if you have any questions.
Admissions essay required: Yes
For U.S. citizens and residents, University deadlines apply.
Deadlines for International Applicants
Fall full term: May 1 for regular applications, June 1 for documentation and late applications
Spring full term: Sept. 1 for regular applications, Oct. 1 for documentation and late applications
Summer sessions: March 1 for regular applications, April 1 for documentation and late applications
800 W. Campbell Road GR31
Richardson, TX 75080-3021
Office - GR 2.242
Dr. Doug Goodman, Professor and Head
Office - GR 3.202
Graduates of the program seek positions such as: Human Resource Director, Policy Analyst, Management Analyst and Public Relations.
See Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed salary information on these careers. Another great resource is the Occupational Outlook Handbook.