The MPA program at Texas Tech is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). The MPA program is a combination of classroom learning and practical application. Classes are offered at night and meet one night per week to allow for employees currently working in the field to attend as well as pre-service students to work during the day. A typical full-time MPA student will have 3 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 enrolling in summer classes. In addition, the required internship experience is usually taken between the first and second year of matriculation.
The Texas Tech MPA program has over 50 enrolled students. Most classes are capped at 15 students, with some courses having as few as 5 students. We have approximately 33 percent part-time students. In addition we have a diverse student body with approximately 30 percent minority students. This diversity enhances the learning experience as diverse students and full- and part-time students can exchange ideas and gain increased perspectives.
The MPA program is designed for full-time students to graduate in two years. We graduate over 70 percent of our fulltime students within two years and over 90 percent of our fulltime students in 5 semesters. For part-time students, approximately 40 percent graduate within 2 years plus one semester. The majority of our part-time students graduate in 3 years.
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. We have a number of scholarships and assistantships that allows us to provide financial support. Over 50 percent of our full-time students receive work or financial support from the university.
Our graduates do well in their career fields. We have an active alumni network, and our graduates have executive positions in city and state governments, health care institutions, and nonprofit organizations. From our surveys of graduates, we find that over 90 percent have found positions within 6 months of graduating or are continuing their education. Most graduates have job offers before they graduate. Our graduates have careers in a variety of organizations from city and state government, to nonprofit positions, to healthcare organizations. A number also find jobs in the private sector.