Texas Tech University

Master of Science of Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration program is offered by  the Department of Political Science. The program is designed to provide students with the highest quality education in preparation for careers or advancement of careers and in public, nonprofit, and healthcare organizations.



Program Overview

  • The Master of Public Administration program stresses the acquisition of academic theory and practical skill to foster an ethical and enduring commitment to public service values. These values include serving the public interest with accountability and transparency; serving professionally with competence, efficiency and objectivity; acting ethically to uphold the public trust; and demonstrating respect, equity and fairness in dealings with the public and fellow workers.

The program provides students with a public service perspective to do the following:

  • Lead and manage organizations
  • Understand and contribute to public policy
  • Critically analyze policies, programs, problems, and issues and make pertinent recommendations
  • Communicate effectively in oral and written discourse with a diverse and changing workforce and public

The Master of Public Administration degree offers concentrations in the following areas:

Application Process

Applicants to the M.P. A. program should complete the Graduate School application process and submit two letters of reference. The application will require a $60 application fee.

Program Requirements

  1. Must complete 39 hours of in-class coursework and a 3-hour internship.
    • 21 hours of required core curriculum
    • The remaining hours are courses that are grouped as a combination of courses in a concentration and, as determined by the advisor, electives.
  2. The 3-hour internship can be substituted for in-service students with substantial public service work experience. In order to complete the required 42 hours, students who receive such approval will have a choice of submitting a report integrating their previous experience with the study of public administration or taking a 3-hour elective. There are no foreign language or thesis requirements.
  3. M.P. A. students must develop their courses of study in consultation with the department's M.P. A. director.
  4. Terminal M.P.A. graduate students are required to complete,submit, and orally present a degree portfolio at the conclusion of their degree program.

Most courses are offered online; however, some courses must be taken at a local college or university. Please see an advisor for clarification.

Texas Tech University
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

American Politics

4 3-hour courses with a grade of C or better from the following courses

Course Name
POLS 3300 Selected Topics in American Politics
POLS 3317 Campaigns and Elections
POLS 3318 Public Opinion
POLS 3319 Political Behavior
POLS 3323 Congress
POLS 3325 Political Parties
POLS 3327 The American Presidency
POLS 3351 The Judicial Process
POLS 3352 Constitutional Law
POLS 3353 Constitutional Law-Limitations

Comparative Politics

4 3-hour courses with a grade of C or better from the following courses

Course Name
POLS 3302 Selected Elected Topics in Comparative Politics
POLS 3364 Comparative Foreign Policy
POLS 3372 Post-Communist Politics
POLS 3373 Governments of Western Europe
POLS 3375 South American Governments
POLS 3376 Asian Governments and Politics

International Relations

4 3-hour courses with a grade of C or better from the following courses

Course Name
POLS 3301 Selected Topics in International Relations
POLS 3360 United States Foreign Policy
POLS 3363 International Organization
POLS 3365 War and Security
POLS 3366 International Political Economy
POLS 3367 International Bargaining and Security
POLS 3368 Transnational Issues

Policy and Public Administration

4 3-hour courses with a grade of C or better from the following courses

Course Name
POLS 3303 Selected Topics in Policy and Administration
POLS 3328 Energy Politics and Policy
POLS 3329 Environmental Politics and Policy
POLS 3334 Sustainability: Energy, Environment, and Society
POLS 3341 The Administrative Process
POLS 3346 Public Policy Analysis


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