Stephen F. Austin State University


Master of Public Administration


The Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program educates students for management and leadership positions both in the public sector and in nonprofit organizations. The MPA 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 students with outstanding opportunities to connect knowledge with practice. The MPA requires 36 graduate credit hours. All courses in the program are completed online.

Degree Requirements

The required courses are:

The final three hours can be taken as an internship (PBA 599), PBA 530, or as determined by the director and/or faculty advisor.

Before completing 12 graduate hours, students must file a degree plan and have it approved by the program director and department chair. The degree plan will specify all coursework to be completed to earn the MPA. Before completing 18 graduate hours, each student must identify a faculty member to serve as chair of the capstone committee. The committee chair will direct and facilitate the preparation and completion of a capstone project and paper and will schedule oral comprehensive exams.

Graduate Assistantships

The MPA Program offers a limited number of graduate assistantships. Graduate assistants are assigned research projects and administrative duties with faculty members in the Department of Government. Graduate assistants are considered half-time employees and are required to work 20 hours per week. A student interested in a graduate assistantship should contact the MPA Program Director well in advance of the semester in which he or she is interested in the assistantship.