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A leadership-focused graduate degree  

Ready to take the next step? SFA’s Master of Public Administration program will help you enhance your career options in public administration. Our online program is designed to prepare you for management and leadership positions in both the public sector and nonprofit organizations.

The Master of Public Administration program combines academic expertise with “real world” experience so you can connect knowledge with practice. It’s designed for both pre-service and in-service students seeking professional credentials. You’ll earn your degree through online classes and be provided with opportunities to engage in special research projects, internships and graduate assistantships.

Master of Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration program prepares students for management and leadership positions both in the public sector and in nonprofit organizations.

The program is designed to meet the needs of both pre-service and in-service students seeking professional credentials by providing online classes, special research projects, internships and graduate assistantships. The program combines academic expertise with "real-world" experiences to provide you with outstanding opportunities to connect knowledge with practice.

Requirements for the Master of Public Administration are:

  • A total of 36 graduate credit hours (view course descriptions here)
  • Completion of PBA 575 capstone project (included in 36 graduate hours)
  • Completion of comprehensive examination

All courses are completed online. A limited number of graduate assistantships are available.

Information on requirements for admission to the MPA program can be found in the Graduate School Bulletin.

Undergraduate students interested in beginning their graduate studies early can apply for the Graduate School Overlap Program.


Graduate minor in public administration

A graduate student admitted to another program at SFA can minor in public administration. The minor in public administration consists of:

  • PBA 500
  • A minimum of nine hours of public administration courses numbered 500 and above

Five-year overlap program

With careful planning, it is possible to condense the conventional six-year plan of study typically required to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree into five years. Motivated students who choose this degree plan can earn both a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science and a Master of Public Administration in five calendar years.

The Department of Government offers the following dual degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science/Master of Public Administration in political science or public administration
  • Bachelor of Arts/Master of Public Administration in criminal justice

Talk to your advisor to learn more.

Additional requirements and prerequisites 

  • Before completing 12 graduate hours, students must file a degree plan and have it approved by the program director and department chair.
  • The Master of Public Administration degree plan must specify all coursework to be completed.
  • Before completing 18 graduate hours, each student must identify a faculty member who will serve as chair of the capstone committee and direct completion of the capstone project.

For more information on course offerings in the Department of Government, please visit the Graduate Bulletin.


Department of Government

Dugas Liberal Arts North
Room 124

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13045, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962

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