MPPA Student Danielle Bachan-Norcross Fine-Tuned for Success
Get a glimpse into the exciting public service life of MPPA student, HCC professor and UST government instructor Danielle Bachan-Norcross. “What I saw in all my classes at UST,” she commented, “was that people’s minds would really open up.” See more snapshots.
Mark Solano Soars into Public Service with MPPA Program
Mark Solano credits the MPPA program with helping develop his public policy skills and accelerate his career. He commented, “The professors, students and overall culture of the university gives a unique impression – one that I will never forget.” Read his story.
MPPA Degree Sparks New Passions for Alexandria Martinez
International trips inspired MPPA student Alexandria Martinez to learn how governments work. Currently serving with the Houston Police Department’s Office of Budget and Finance, she hopes to use her public administration training to advance. Read her story.
Learn How a First MPPA Grad Is Contributing to the Public Good
Catch up with Natali Hurtado, graduate of the first MPPA class who’s now earning accolades for her work influencing public policy for the greater good with economic development firm Hawes Hill & Associates. Read her story
|MPPA Graduate Information Sessions|
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|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.
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.
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.