Public Administration MPA Degree
The University of Texas at Tyler
Department of Social Sciences
3900 University Boulevard
Tyler, Texas 75799
Dr. Richard Helfers
Degree: MPA (This program is not available to F-1 students)
Tracks: Health Care Administration
College: Arts and Sciences
Test Score Required: The GRE may be waived for candidates with three years of full-time employment in a public or nonprofit organization seeking admission to the Generalist track. The GRE may also be waived for candidates seeking admission to the Health Care Administration track if they have three years of full-time employment in a health care profession.
GPA: A minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4 point scale on the last 60 hours of undergraduate and/or graduate coursework.
Letter of Interest: Yes; interview may be required.
Resume/Curriculum Vitae: Yes - to document work experience.
Deadlines: University deadlines apply.
Career Outlook: According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job prospects for those who hold a master of public administration degree will be strong, particularly if graduates have work experience in health care and demonstrated business management skills. Competition will be intense for top managerial positions which typically offer high salaries and job prestige. For more, go to Occupational Outlook Handbook - Medical and Health Services Managers.
Meet a University of Texas at Tyler graduate student.
Step Up Your Leadership in Public and Nonprofit Sectors
Gain the foundation to succeed in management in government and public institutions or in nonprofit organizations in Texas and nationwide. Sharpen your skills to effectively direct budget, personnel, ethics and policy decisions.
- Complete the two-year master’s program at The University of Texas at Tyler, part of the renowned University of Texas System. Take evening, online and hybrid (online and campus) classes, designed to meet the needs of working adult students.
- Get an edge for career advancement in public administration in Texas and nationally.
Choose from two tracks/concentrations: Generalist MPA and Health Care Administration.
Graduates of the program are well-suited to hold leadership positions in nonprofit organizations such as the American Red Cross and National Wildlife Federation and in public institutions such as hospitals and government agencies. Our graduates are employed in:
City of Tyler (former interim police chief)
City of Longview (information director)
City of Fort Worth (budget office)
City of Midlothian (budget director)
City of Deer Park (police chief)
Smith County (county auditor [budget director])
Local and national United Way agencies
East Texas Medical Center (nurse manager)
Trinity-Mother Frances Hospital (director of education)
University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler (various positions)
Andrews Center (various positions related to behavioral health)
UT Tyler (executive director of enrollment services; director of enrollment services)
MPA Program: Service-Oriented. Career-Forward.
- Benefit from a broad curriculum that highlights best practices and effective decision-making in public and non-profit management.
- Complete your master’s degree with a final comprehensive written or oral examination. You are not required to complete a thesis.
- Interact with your professors and learn from classmates in small classes that average just 16 students.
- Choose elective courses to customize your degree to advance your career interests in such areas as general administration, criminal justice, urban and regional planning, research and evaluation, or health care administration.
MPA Faculty: Community-Engaged. Student-Centered.
- Learn from professors who are known and respected throughout the public and non-profit sectors in Tyler and in the East Texas region.
- Benefit from a faculty that’s recognized for teaching excellence and for their expertise in their individual fields.
- Be mentored by professors who are published scholars and frequent presenters at professional conferences.
Learn about UT Tyler social science faculty.
Public Administration Courses: Analytical. Real-World Focused.
Survey of Public Administration – Explore the special challenges facing public agencies and administrators. This course emphasizes issues surrounding agency relations with outside constituencies, and responsibility and accountability in public management and administrative ethics.
Public Budgeting and Finance – Examine the processes and policies used to allocate limited public resources; special attention is given to contemporary budgetary approaches and to methods of evaluation. The managerial role in providing fiscal accountability and control is emphasized.
Seminar in Human Resources Management – Complete an advanced study of public and private personnel management with special emphasis on current topics in the field. Focus on the technical and legal issues confronting human resource management: employee selection, training, appraisal, compensation and labor-management relations.
More about UT Tyler's MPA program of study.