Public Administration

The University of New Mexico

18 months
967 USD/credit
286 USD/credit
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The School of Public Administration (SPA) advances professional education for public and health administration at The University of New Mexico.


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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines




42 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

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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