Master of Public Affairs


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 careers in the public and nonprofit sectors.
  • 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

MPA in Public Affairs Fact Sheet

Application Requirements

GPA: The Public Affairs Master's program at UT Dallas typically admits only students who have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better.

Letters of recommendation: 3

Three letters of recommendation from individuals (employers, community leaders, teachers, etc.) who are able to judge a student's probable success in graduate school and a current resume are required. The letters and resume should be uploaded online.

Resume required: Yes

Admissions essay required: Yes

A narrative outlining 1) academic interests, 2) current or long-range interests in research, teaching, or other professional objectives, 3) description of publications or other scholarly endeavors, and 3) listing of academic and professional organizations and fellowships, scholarships, or other honors received.

Deadlines: To be guaranteed consideration for admission, fall applications must be received by July 1 (late registration deadline is August 1). Applications for spring admission must be received by November 1 (late registration deadline is December 1). Any incomplete application received after these dates will not be considered for admission during the designated semester. Students who do not meet this deadline must reapply for the following semester. University deadlines apply.


Rita Medford
Graduate Program Administrator
Office: GR 2.402C
Degree Information:  
Teodoro “Ted” Benavides 
MPA Director
Office: GR 2.206

Possible Careers

Graduates of the program seek positions such as: city manager, government and nonprofit executive, human resource director, policy analyst, local government and nonprofit manager, police officer, firefighter, management analyst and public sector consultant.

Salary Information

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


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