The MPA program at Texas Tech focuses on the classroom learning experience. Classes are offered at night and meet one night per week to allow for full-time employees to attend. A typical full-time MPA student will have 3 night classes that will meet on a weeknight for 3 hours each (a total of 9 hours). Students are discouraged from taking more than 3 courses per semester, but the total time to graduation can potentially be fast-tracked by increasing course load and enrolling in summer classes when available.
The Texas Tech MPA program has over 50 enrolled students. These students are spread throughout the program in terms of curriculum progress, which ideally keeps class sizes small. Most classes are capped at 15 students, with some courses having as few as 5 students. The MPA program is designed for full-time students to graduate in two years. For our recent enrollees, 70 percent graduated in two years, 80 percent graduated within two years plus one semester. For part-time students, 40 percent graduated within 2 years plus one semester.
The exact cost of the MPA degree will vary with each student according to how many semesters the student needs to finish the program and how many hours are taken in each semester. A typical student in the program will complete two years with a fall and spring semester each year. These semesters are 9 hours each for a total of 36 hours. While Texas Tech University fees and tuition costs are subject to change, a typical Texas resident completing the program in 2014 spent approximately $18,093, while non-residents spent $32,961. A limited number of scholarships and assistantships are available to offset the cost of tuition.