Texas Tech University

Degree Types

The Public Administration program at Texas Tech University offers a traditional Masters in Public Administration with several track options, a Certified Public Manager Certifitcate, as well as an MPA-JD dual degree.

Masters in Public Administration

The MPA degree requires 36 hours or 12 courses of in-class course work. In addition there is a 3-hour internship and a 3-hour capstone practicum. Of these hours, 24 or 8 courses are specified as core curriculum, and must be completed by all students. The remaining 15 hours or 5 courses are electives that are grouped as a combination of courses in a major field of concentration and an area of emphasis. The 3-hour internship course can be waived for in-service students with substantial public service work experience.

Required Core Courses:

All students must take the following courses:
PUAD 5319: Research Methods in Public Administration
PUAD 5320: Program Evaluation and Quantitative Analysis
PUAD 5341: Public Policy Theory and Process
PUAD 5343: Public Personnel Administration
PUAD 5344: Public Budgeting
PUAD 5337: Organization Theory
PUAD 5345 Administrative Ethics and Leadership
PUAD 5310: Capstone Practicum in Public Administration
PUAD 5347 Internship in Public Administration (unless waived)
In addition to the required core courses above, students must complete 18 hours of electives in the following concentrations. (For more information click on each track)

Track Concentration Areas:

Certified Public Manager Program

For more Information about the CPM Program please visit the Center for Public Service web page.

Dual Degrees

Dual MPA-J.D. Program:

The School of Law and the Graduate School of Texas Tech University offer a joint degree pro-gram that allows students to complete the requirements for the MPA and the Juris Doctor (J.D.) Degrees in less than the 5 years that would be required if the two degrees were pursued separately. The joint program reduces the total required hours through a reciprocal arrangement by which elective hours taken in one degree program are accepted by the other degree program. The 12 hours of approved public administration courses are counted as elective credit toward the J.D. degree, and 12 hours of law are counted as credit towards the MPA degree. As a result, students in the joint program take 78 hours of law and 30 hours of public administration to earn both degrees. Students have the option of choosing to take MPA core course program (see required courses above) plus one elective for a total of 30 hours or choosing a particular track program (see listing of tracks above), which reduces the number of core courses that they are required to take. Students choosing the track option meet with the MPA Program Director to develop the list of required core courses that must be taken. To enter the joint program, candidates must apply separately to the School of Law and the Graduate School (see the section on Admission, above) and be accepted by both. The degree is designed so that students complete the first year of law school before taking a mix of PUAD and law school courses. Students may begin a joint degree with PUAD courses, however, if they do not take more than 12 hours prior to matriculating to the law school.

Applications and other admission requirements for the School of Law may be obtained from:
Office of Admissions
School of Law
Texas Tech University
P.O. Box 40004
Lubbock, TX 79409
URL: www.law.ttu.edu/prospective/admissions/

This application must be supported by scores on the Law School Aptitude Test (LSAT). On the application for both schools, candidates should indicate their desire to enter the Joint MPA-J.D. Program. The LSAT examination should be taken as early as possible in the senior year for timely consideration of admission applications by both schools. In no case will a student be per-mitted to enter the joint program if the student has not been accepted to the MPA part of the pro-gram by the end of the student’s fourth semester in law school.


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