12 months
765 USD/credit 29835 USD/year
765 USD/credit 29835 USD/year
357 USD/credit 13923 USD/year
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The Public Administration program from Texas State University cultivates practical, research-oriented students for careers as reflective practitioners guided by democratic values, integrity, and service.


Public administration faculty have been recognized nationally for their contribution to outstanding teaching, research, and service. The faculty leads practical research projects to inform public management and public policy in the region. The master of public administration (M.P.A.) program is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).

Program Mission

A flexible program designed for full- and part-time students, the Public Administration program from Texas State University offers:

  • Individual attention – Students work on research under the direction of a faculty member. M.P.A. students have won national and regional research awards.
  • Professional development – M.P.A. students and faculty are active leaders in regional professional associations and networking groups. A faculty of practice and manager in residence help mentor students in the program.
  • Internship opportunities – Pre-service students have internship placement opportunities in state and local government and the nonprofit sector. These internships are often paid and provide meaningful management and policymaking experience.
  • Employment opportunities – Students have excellent opportunities for job placement in one of the nation’s fastest-growing regions.

Career Options

M.P.A. graduates have successful careers in management positions in city, county, state, and national government as well as the private and nonprofit sectors. Their achievements reflect the diversity, challenges, and opportunities in the public sector, and these alumni are a valuable resource to current M.P.A. students and faculty. The M.P.A. program director and the career support area faculty coordinators provide internship and job placement assistance.


accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Public Finance Administration
  • Organizational Theory, Change, and Behavior
  • Public Personnel Administration
  • Public Policy Processes
  • Public Management and Ethics
  • Applied Research Methodology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


39 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 3.0 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
  • official GRE scores (general test only) not required unless the last-60-hours GPA is under 3.0. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    29835 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 765 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    29835 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 765 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    13923 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 357 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for San Marcos

921 - 1707 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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