Career Close-Up

State-level data indicates Texas has a high demand for employees with training in public administration. According to the Texas Workforce Commission, there are 7,986 positions open in public administration as of September 2020. Common job skills associated with these positions are interacting with the public, serving customers, solving problems, analyzing data and budgets, attending to details, and making quality decisions. These skills are emphasized heavily in the proposed MPA curriculum, which includes seminar courses in data analytics, personnel, and financial management.

Additionally, students with an MPA have the ability to apply to doctoral programs as well as enter careers as professors at certain institutions.

MPA career table