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Public Administration, M.P.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months


Mission Statement

Faculty members of the Public Administration department at The University of New Mexico conduct sophisticated research that integrates interdisciplinary perspectives and methodologies to address managerial, ethical, and equity challenges in public and health institutions in a complex and diverse world. SPA offers up-to-date courses in the theory, application, and implementation of management principles for professionals working or planning to work in public and health systems. The wider community is effectively served by the School’s formal and informal collaboration with public and health organizations through student internships, shared pedagogical programs, and civic forums.


In 1969, the University of New Mexico, under the leadership of former President Ferrel Heady, established the Division of Public Administration. In 1992, the university reconstructed the division as the School of Public Administration (SPA).  

The School of Public Administration has provided a solid academic foundation for students preparing to enter leadership and management positions in the public and non-profit sectors in the state of New Mexico and the nation for over 40 years.

Since 1969, approximately 1,600 individuals have received Master's degrees in Public Administration (MPA). Most continue to serve the public in federal, state, local, tribal and nonprofit agencies in managerial, policymaking and other leadership roles. The picture above and to the right is of our first graduating class in 1970.

SPA is proud of the contributions to communities throughout New Mexico and looks forward to the future with confidence. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Public Management and Policy
  • Institutional Development and Behavior
  • Human Resources Management in the Public Sector
  • Public Budgeting
  • Research Methods I: Data Collection
  • Research Methods II: Data Analysis*
  • Program Evaluation

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 18 months
  • Credits
    42 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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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).

General Requirements

Admission requirements

  • Letter of Intent (2-3 Pages)
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation (provide recommenders' email addresses)
  • Resume
  • Upload one unofficial transcript from EACH academic institution you have attended to your online application. Submit each official transcript to the Office of Admissions.
  • Online Application Fee

Tuition Fee

  • International

    967 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 967 USD per credit and a duration of 18 months.
  • National

    286 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 286 USD per credit and a duration of 18 months.
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Living costs for Albuquerque

  • 870 - 1360 USD/month
    Living Costs

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