Public Administration MPA Degree - Online

Graduate Admissions


The University of Texas at Tyler
Department of Social Sciences
3900 University Boulevard
Tyler, Texas 75799

Degree Information
Dr. Richard Helfers
Phone: 903-566-7399

Graduate Admission Information
The University of Texas at Tyler
Office of Graduate Admissions
Office: STE 345
Phone: 903.566.7457
Fax: 903.566.7492

Program Information

Degree: MPA , 100% online (This program is not available to F-1 students)

Hours: 36

College: Arts and Sciences

Admission Requirements

Application Instructions

Total Program Tuition Cost: $15,660 Estimated tuition for full-time, in-state online enrollment. Tuition varies by delivery method and hours taken per semester. Calculate your estimated tuition with the tuition calculator.

Scholarships/Financial Support:  Yes

Test Score Required: Three years of full-time employment in a public or non-profit organization is required. A curriculum vita should be submitted to document employment in a public or non-profit organization. A satisfactory score on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) may be substituted for the employment requirement in the Generalist track.

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. Candidates with advanced degrees will be given preference. 

A course in research methods is recommended before admission to this track.

Letter of Interest: Yes; interview may be required.

Resume/Curriculum Vitae: Yes - to document work experience.

Deadlines: University deadlines apply.

Consideration is also given to one or more of the following: the applicant’s demonstrated commitment to his or her chosen field of study, socioeconomic background, first generation college graduate, multilingual proficiency, geographic region of residence, and level of responsibility in other matters including extracurricular activities, employment, community service, and family responsibilities.

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.

See Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed salary information on these careers. Another great resource is O*Net.

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)

Learn more from the Department of Social Sciences.

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.

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