Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.)

The Master of Public Administration program is an online degree program designed to empower those seeking a career in public service as well as those already employed who desire to enhance their current career trajectory. The program prepares professionals for work in government at the local, state, or national level as well as nonprofit organizations. Those in the private sector may also find the curriculum valuable.

The MPA degree requires a total of 36 hours of coursework:

  • 24 hours of core coursework taken by all students
  • 12 hours of coursework in a concentration selected by the student in consultation with a graduate advisor

Prior to graduation, all students must complete and pass comprehensive exams, which encompass key learning objectives from the core coursework. Students are expected to complete all their core coursework prior to taking comprehensive exams. Students with one core course remaining may take comprehensive exams, with the approval of the graduate director. Comprehensive exams are administered during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Students must be enrolled in the university the semester or summer session in which the comprehensive exams are administered. 

Applications to the online Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program are reviewed on a rolling basis, with application deadlines of: August 1st for the fall semester; December 1st for the spring semester; and May 15th for the summer semester. The MPA Program’s admission considerations include the following:

  1. Graduate Admissions Application: The Graduate Studies Application is an institutional application required by SHSU. Students must provide biographical and educational information and information relevant to determining State of Texas residency.
  2. Application Fee: An application fee is required for all applications to graduate programs at SHSU.
  3. Transcripts documenting all prior degrees.*
  4. A current resume or curriculum vitae.
  5. A writing sample of scholarly or professional work.
  6. A statement of interest that summarizes the applicant’s professional goals, how an MPA degree will help the applicant obtain their professional goals, and how the applicant’s personal and professional experiences have prepared them for the MPA program. The statement should be no more than two single-spaced pages.
  7. Names and contact information for at least two individuals who can speak to applicant’s academic and professional potential.
  8. Applicants who do not possess a graduate degree from an accredited institution, are expected to have earned a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 from the accredited institution granting the undergraduate degree.  
  9. Applicants who do not possess a graduate degree and have an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 may submit additional information as evidence of their academic and professional potential. Additional information may include, but is not limited to: GRE scores, a narrative that provides an explanation for the applicant’s low GPA and why the GPA is not indicative of the applicant’s academic and professional potential, etc.

*Applicants may submit unofficial transcripts for review by the admissions committee. However, under university policy, admission decisions are contingent upon receipt of official transcripts.

Applicants must submit all application materials directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by the relevant deadline.  A holistic review of each applicant’s file will then be completed with admission to the MPA Program offered to applicants on a competitive basis.

Political Science Core Courses
PADM 5381Dynamics of Public Administrtn3
PADM 5383Program Evaluation3
PADM 5384Organizational Theory & Behavr3
PADM 5386Human Resource Management3
PADM 5387Public Budgeting and Finance3
PADM 5388Ethics in Government3
PADM 5389Public Management3
POLS 5377Scope & Mth of Political Sci3
Total Hours24

Areas of Concentration

A concentration of 12 hours is required with this degree. The department offers concentrations in disaster and emergency management.  A student may, with the permission of the graduate director, pursue a concentration in other disciplines deemed more relevant to the student’s professional goals

Concentration in Disaster and Emergency Management
PADM 5390Global Disaster Politics3
PADM 5391Emergency Management3
PADM 5392Decision Making in Pub Adm3
PADM 5393Disaster Resilience3
Total Hours12

Degree Plan

MPA in Public Administration
Specified Courses
PADM 5381Dynamics of Public Administrtn3
PADM 5383Program Evaluation3
PADM 5384Organizational Theory & Behavr3
PADM 5386Human Resource Management3
PADM 5387Public Budgeting and Finance3
PADM 5388Ethics in Government3
PADM 5389Public Management3
POLS 5377Scope & Mth of Political Sci3
Concentration
Concentration in Disaster and Emergency Management:
PADM 5390Global Disaster Politics3
PADM 5391Emergency Management3
PADM 5392Decision Making in Pub Adm3
PADM 5393Disaster Resilience3
Total Hours36