Offered 100% Online!

University of St. Thomas - Houston Master of Public Policy & Administration MPPA graduate Natali HurtadoDo you want to make a positive impact in the world, contribute to the common good, and help people rise to their best?

The Master of Public Policy & Administration degree is ideal for self-motivated and determined students who strive to make a difference and lead through service. With a strong emphasis on ethics in public service, graduates from the MPPA program at UST will master today’s challenges of policy making and public administration.  Students will acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively work with policies that make a real difference in their community and the world.

The MPPA program may be completed within one year and is offered 100% online with highly flexible scheduling and optional in-person classes available. 

University of St. Thomas - Houston Master of Public Policy & Administration (MPPA) graduates with Dr. Jon TaylorAn MPPA from UST opens many opportunities for you to fulfill your greatest ambitions: to make a true and lasting difference in local communities and around the world, to effectively make fair and just public policy that benefits the common good, and to master the art of ethical public administration. 

Whether you are looking to enhance your current career or seek new employment, MPPA students have access to UST resources after graduation and beyond.



Alumni of the MPPA program go on to successful careers in many fields such as:

  • Federal, state & local government
  • Nonprofit management
  • Policy analysis
  • Scholarship & teaching

Listen to testimonials from current students and graduates of the MPPA program.

I absolutely loved the MPPA program. The courses related to my career experiences, and the small class sizes allowed for easier learning and networking with other students, as well as additional time and personal attention from professors. I highly recommend the MPPA program, as it will take you and your career to the next level.

Karen Escobar ‘20

Make a Difference Image  Chapel StudentsThe MPPA program will give you a solid understanding of every aspect of public administration and policymaking. Our comprehensive and wide-ranging courses will prepare you for the front lines of public bureaucracy and public service.

With flexible scheduling, a focus on both policymaking and administration and an emphasis on ethical policy, the MPPA program is inspired by the Catholic principles of protecting human rights and fostering the public good. Come help lift all boats with an MPPA from UST.

Requirements Disclaimer:
International students who wish to maintain or obtain an I-20 form and F-1 student visa or status should participate in the in-person program option.