MASTER OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

Program Overview

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program which is NASPAA accredited has as its purpose the preparation of professionals for immediate upward mobility in professional careers in public sectors or for graduate study where the nature of the profession requires the master’s degree as the entry criterion. Its greatest single asset lies in its potential to alleviate the shortage of professionally educated persons, especially those from minority groups, in local, state, national and international public service. The program prepares professionals to resolve the increasingly complex problems of managing urban growth. The curriculum objective responds to the increasing importance of planning and management as major instruments in improving and developing solutions to problems of cities and metropolitan regions. The program seeks to give students a balanced inventory of conceptual, quantitative and professional skills.

"a picture of a black man who is a graduate professional"

Admissions Requirements

All students must meet the admission requirements of the Texas Southern University Graduate School and the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs – Public Administration Department. All applicants should submit the following:

  • The Texas Southern University Graduate School Application (specific program ) and a non-refundable application fee
  • Two official copies of transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended
  • GRE Scores (minimal of at least 3.5 score on the Analytical Writing Section)
  • Three letters of reference from individuals qualified to give an evaluation of the applicants past scholastic performance, research, ability for advanced work in administration of justice, and personal motivation
  • Essay: 250 – 300 words
  • Documentation of completion of all undergraduate prerequisite courses in research methods and statistics

All students who have not completed the prerequisite courses for the MPA may be conditionally admitted. Students are required to complete prerequisite courses in the Barbara Jordan – Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs and must earn a grade of ‘B’ or better