There are several options to earn your Master of Public Administration degree in the state of Texas. We know it is a daunting task with both campus-based programs, online options, and even hybrids of both. We’ve compiled a directory of all the different MPA school programs in the state of Texas to make your search easier and wanted to provide some state specific information relevant to those aiming to earn their MPA.
MPA Degree Core Concepts
The aim of any MPA degree will be to prepare students for a future career as leaders in the public service sector. Students can expect to see a lot of courses that review how to effectively communicate public policy programs in writing (something Texas State University specifically points out about their program).
You’ll also learn about different theories within public administration. A theory like Classical Public Administration Theory will look at how government can be run like a business and seeing things in an almost non-political light. New concepts are being hashed out every day so you can expect to see a wide array of new subject-matter coming into these degrees.
Top Texas MPA Related Careers
The different areas one can enter the workforce is dynamic with MPA graduates. You can choose a career path in the government sector, non-profits, or even something looking at environmental related policy. We pulled some of the career paths that could be options for those earning their MPA and some of the Texas related BLS data associated with those careers (source).
|Job Classification||2016 National Median Annual Salary||National Estimated Job Growth (2014 – 2024)||Estimated Jobs in Texas||Annual Mean Salary in Texas|
|Advertising, Promotions, and Marketing Managers|
|Public Relations and Fundraising Managers|
You’ll have a lot of job options when looking across the different industries a career might be available. Here are a few common areas in Texas to start your potential public administration career:
- Texas A&M, University of Texas and other schools in Texas could be hiring MPA graduates as professors.
- Springtown, Olney, and other cities in Texas may have City Administrator roles available.
- Shaping Destiny is a non-profit poverty alleviation organization in Round Rock. Foster Angels is a non-profit located in Austin that aims to help foster children. Looking at available jobs in non-profits like these could also be an option.