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Public Administration

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Nandhini Rangarajan
UAC, Room 355

Advisor Support
Dodie Weidner
UAC, Room 355

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Public administration faculty have been recognized nationally for their contribution to outstanding teaching, research, and service. The faculty leads practical research projects to inform public management and public policy in the region. The M.P.A. program is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).

Degree Hours Concentration Thesis Option Minor Option
M.P.A. 39 No concentration Non-Thesis No minor
M.P.A. 39 No concentration Thesis No minor
M.P.A. 39 Applied Research Project Non-Thesis No minor

Texas State Round Rock Campus
This program can be completed in Round Rock, though taking courses in both San Marcos and Round Rock will result in quicker degree completion.

Online Availability
Part of this program may be offered online. If you are not a Texas resident and will not relocate, please visit the Office of Distance and Extended Learning. International students, please visit the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) regarding additional considerations in taking online courses.

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall - Priority February 1 February 1
Fall - Standard June 15 June 1
Spring October 15 October 1
Summer I April 15 March 15
Summer II June 1 No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a firm deadline.

Funding Information
Applications must be complete by the priority deadline to be considered for certain types of funding.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.


Application Fee(s)

  • $55 nonrefundable application fee
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 3.0 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)

  If your last-60-hours GPA does not meet the minimum requirement, official GRE scores (general test only) are required. Read additional information below.

GRE Scores*

  The GRE may be waived if you hold a master's or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. If you hold a master's or doctoral degree (or the equivalent thereof) from an accredited international institution, the GRE may be waived on an individual basis.

*Due to COVID-19 and testing center closures, GRE not required for Summer and Fall 2020 applicants.


  • statement of purpose (two pages in 12-point Times New Roman font, double-spaced with one-inch margins and your full name in the header) addressing the following:
    • your academic interests, your personal and professional experiences relevant for graduate work, your motivations and your accomplishments

    • your potential as a graduate student and your readiness for graduate school

    • your interest in the M.P.A. program at Texas State and why you would be a good fit

    • your aspirations and the specific goals you plan to achieve by being part of this program

  • two letters of recommendation*

*Due to COVID-19 and testing center closures, Summer and Fall 2020 applicants with a GPA below 3.0, must submit an additional letter of recommendation (three total).


Applicants are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

Additional Information

  GPA and GRE Requirement
If your last-60-hours GPA falls below the minimum requirement of 3.0, the official GRE (general test only) with competitive scores in the verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning sections will be required in order to be considered for conditional admission.* Our office will notify you via email should this occur. 

*Conditional admission is not available to applicants who require "F" or "J" visas.

  Work Experience

If you do not have public sector experience, you will be required to complete a three-hour internship course.