The Master of Public Administration program is designed to provide students with the highest quality education in preparation for careers, or advancement of careers, in public, nonprofit, and healthcare organizations. The program stresses the acquisition of academic theory and practical skills to foster an ethical and enduring commitment to the public service values of 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 MPA Program is housed in the Department of Political Science. In addition, within the Department of Political Science are the Lewis and Maxine Earl Survey Research Laboratory and The Center for Public Service, a research center that provides research, technical assistance and training to local governments and nonprofit organizations. Students might have the opportunity to gain practical experience working on applied projects through these organizations.
The program is fully accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). Recognized for its rigor and quality, the program is especially proud of its strong placement record that is aided by a loyal and active alumni network. Texas Tech graduates hold positions at the highest levels of municipal government in state and federal government, and in a variety of private sector and nonprofit settings, especially in the healthcare sector. The program also has an impressive record of obtaining Presidential Management Fellowships (PMFs) and other prestigious internships and scholarships.
The MPA program welcomes both full-time students and part-time students who desire to return to school for additional professional training or to prepare for a change in careers. Full-time students can complete the program in 24 months. Part-time students take one or two courses a semester and can complete the program at their own pace. To accommodate part-time students, MPA courses are offered during evening hours.