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Master of Public Policy and Administration


UST Student, Veteran Volunteers to Help the Community

UST Student, Veteran Volunteers to Help the Community 

Frederick Heard isa full-time, veteran student at the University of St. Thomas, who joined the Master of Public Policy and Administration degree program and strives to use his military experience to continue to help the Houston community through volunteer work.​

Master of Public Policy and Administration

The Master of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) degree program provides an accessible, flexible, and high-quality interdisciplinary graduate education that prepares students for, or advances them in, careers in leadership and management in public service or non-profit administration. The MPPA provides students with three specific track options in order to tailor the degree to specific student interests and/or needs. These tracks are: Generalist, Public Management, and Public Policy.

The Generalist Track is a tailored mix of courses. The Public Management Track emphasizes the fundamentals of Public Administration. The Public Policy Track stresses the interdisciplinary nature of policy analysis.

Degree Requirements

MPPA students will choose one of three tracks for the MPPA degree: Generalist, Public Management, or Public Policy. Students are required to take 36 credit hours in the program. Thirty-three credit hours will be within the MPPA core and degree tracks.  In addition, students must complete either a thesis or a professional report in order to fulfill the requirements for the MPPA degree program.


Admissions decisions are based on a combination of your undergraduate GPA, letters of recommendation, work history and an essay describing your academic goals and interests. GRE scores are required unless you have a graduate degree or verified work experience in the public or nonprofit sector.

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Career Possibilities

The MPPA degree will prepare graduates to become managers or analysts at all levels of government – local, state, federal, and international – and in domestic non-profit organizations or international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).  In governments, graduates work as managers and analysts in executive agencies, as staff members for legislatures, and as court administrators.  

MPPA Graduate Information Sessions

We invite you to attend our next MPPA information session to learn more about our unique graduate program and how it can benefit you.

October 23
  • Monday, 5:30 - 7 pm RSVP
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