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About Us

Welcome to the University of Houston MPA Program Website

Thanks for your interest in our program.

Our Mission

The Master of Public Administration Program (MPA) provides higher levels of training and education for pre-service and in-service public managers, public policy analysts and public officials to address major public policy issues in a metropolitan scenario.

The UH MPA program was approved by the State of Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board over 40 years ago, and we have produced over 400 graduates for public service. We have been a member of the National Association of Schools of Public Administration and Affairs (NASPAA) and recognized as one of the excellent MPA programs in the nation.

We look forward to hearing from you. Let us know if you have any questions.

James Thurmond, Director

Our program

With the campus situated only a few miles from downtown Houston and in the center of over 5 million people, 133 cities, 79 independent school districts, 727 municipal utility districts, and hundreds of special districts, the University of Houston MPA Program is appropriately metropolitan driven. Students have a first-hand look at significant policy questions such as health-care, environment, immigration, energy, and transportation. Students are asked to contribute to the debate on these issues through course work and with visitors who participate in the local decision-making process. To accommodate in-service students, our courses are scheduled in the evenings, Monday – Thursday.

Downtown view from UH main campus