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.
John Tsai, M.P.A. ‘02
Presidential Management Fellow 2002
I am 2002 University of Houston MPA graduate. I received my Bachelor degree from NYU in 1994. I joined the Peace Corps in Mongolia prior to join the MPA program in 2000. After graduating from the M.P.A. program, I joined the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C. as a Presidential Management Fellow. I worked on the Mutual Mortgage Insurance budget which supports the Federal Housing Administration's residential mortgage guarantee program.
In August 2003, I transferred to the Office of the Chief Financial Officer at the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors. I worked on budgeting for the Office of Engineering and the Office of Travel.
Currently, I'm studying biology and hope to pursue a graduate degree in biology or medicine.