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What will I learn?

The Master of Public Affairs degree is a professional diploma designed to prepare students to build competencies and develop creative solutions for challenges in finance, leadership, human resources and project management. The degree will prepare students for carrying out administrative and leadership responsibilities in government and nonprofit settings. The specific outcome objectives for students who graduate with the MPA degree are:

• An understanding of the philosophical, theoretical and legal foundations of public management, policymaking and leadership in government and nonprofit settings.

• Proficiency in organizational and decision analysis, research and evaluation practice, and quantitative and qualitative techniques.

• Sound preparation for careers in the public and nonprofit sectors.

• Mastery of persuasive written and oral communication.

Career Options

Graduates of the program seek positions such as: city manager, government and nonprofit executive, human resource director, policy analyst, local government and nonprofit manager, police officer, firefighter, management analyst and public sector consultant.

Which department am I in?

School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences

Study options

Full Time (36 semester credit hours minimum)

Tuition fees
US$29,796.00 per year
International Student Special Services Fee: USD $100
Start date

Expected January 2022

Venue

School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences

800 West Campbell Road,

RICHARDSON,

Texas,

75080, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements: A score of 550 on TOEFL paper based test; English 112 (provided by ELS Language Centers): Pass. PTE score of 67.

For international students

Degree requirements: A baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher education.

GPA: 3.0 out of a 4.0 scale.

English proficiency requirements

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT (Internet-based test) Minimum score: 80

TOEFL PBT (paper-based test) Minimum score: 550

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Minimum score: 6.5

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) Minimum score: 67

Completion of Level 112 at an ELS Language Center

Duolingo English Test Minimum score: 105

To be guaranteed consideration for admission, fall applications must be received by July 1 (late registration deadline is August 1). Applications for spring admission must be received by November 1 (late registration deadline is December 1).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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