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Public Administration, MPA

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
The Masters of Public Administration program at Sam Houston State University is an online graduate program offering concentrations in disaster and emergency management (online), state and local government (traditional classroom setting), and comparative and international politics (traditional classroom setting).


Students who need a flexible schedule due to their current career or family responsibilities find a perfect home in our online program. Whether you are in Texas or anywhere else in the world, you will learn from professors who have real-world experience in public and nonprofit organizations and use it to conduct relevant, applied research. In addition, most students are full-time professionals, so you will not only learn from experienced professors, but you will interact and network with your peers. Faculty pride themselves in creating interactive, online learning environments that engage students in in-depth discussion and analysis. As you move through the program, you will develop personal and professional relationships with your peers.

The alumni work as directors of county agencies, city managers, directors of nonprofits, and serve in key leadership positions within emergency service agencies. Active-duty military and Foreign Service officers are also represented.
Online course enrollment is capped at 20 for most courses (and 12 in more demanding courses); therefore, professors are able to give you the attention you deserve. Although course enrollment is capped, ample course offerings each semester ensure that you are given the opportunity to progress through the program at a pace that fits your professional needs.


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Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Dynamics of Public Administration
  • Program Evaluation
  • Organizational Theory and Behavior
  • Human Resource Management
  • Public Budgeting and Finance
  • Ethics in Government
  • Public Management
  • Scope and Methods of Political Science

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • International student applications should be completed and received no later than 90 days before the beginning of the initial semester of enrollment
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • A current resume or curriculum vitae
  • A writing sample of scholarly or professional work
  • A statement of interest that summarizes the applicant’s professional goals
  • Two letters of recommendation letters that discuss the applicant’s suitability for graduate study
  • 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.  
  • Applicants who do not possess a graduate degree and have an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 will be asked to submit official GRE scores and participate in a personal interview designed to guage the applicant’s readiness for graduate studies.

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          Tuition Fee

          • International

            12012 USD/year
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 6006 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
          • National

            12012 USD/year
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 6006 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
          • In-State

            10698 USD/year
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 5349 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
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