The MPA program has a forty-year history of development since it was chartered by the State of Texas. Our 313 (1968 to 2008) graduates have found rewarding positions across a broad spectrum of organizations. These include, first-and-foremost, local governments but also non-profits and private sector corporations. A profile of the jobs and organizations of our graduates, as shown below, supports the conclusion that UH’s MPA program is a leading educator of public servants.
Here’s what alumni say about their UH MPA experience and their careers.
Csilla Ludanyi, M.P.A. '09
City of Nassau Bay, TX
Csilla is a 2009 graduate of the University of Houston MPA program. Csilla received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Butler University in 2000. After graduating from Butler, Csilla moved to the Houston area and found her first job in municipal government with the City of Santa Fe. After 4 years with Santa Fe, Csilla was hired by the City of League City in their Administration Department as the Assistant to the Mayor. While working at the City of League City, Csilla entered into and completed the MPA program. As a result of a combination of prior municipal experience and her MPA, Csilla was hired as the Finance Director for the City of Nassau Bay shortly after earning her degree.
The MPA provided and expanded many of the skills necessary for her new position including strategic management, leadership and an overall understanding of how government provides the services citizens expect. Specifically the program allowed her to select a curriculum that focused on important aspects of municipal government management such as budgeting, planning and cost-benefit analysis.