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Master of Public Affairs


The master of public affairs degree is  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 graduates 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

Program Information

School: School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences

Program: Public Affairs

Catalog page: MPA

MPA in Public Affairs Fact Sheet

Application Requirements

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 completed Request for Recommendation form. Letters of recommendation may be sent directly to the program.

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


Katie Doctor (Public Affairs - MPA)
800 W. Campbell Road, GR31 
Richardson, TX 75080-3021 
Degree Information:  
Dr. Doug Goodman  
Associate Professor and MPA Director  

Possible Careers

Professor, researcher, policy advisor in the government sector

Salary Information

See Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed salary information on these careers. Another great resource is the Occupational Outlook Handbook.