Master of Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is located within the Department of Government in the College of Arts and Sciences on the main campus of New Mexico State University. The MPA degree addresses the specific needs of those pursuing a career in governmental or non-profit administration, and provides preparation for those interested in doctoral level study.  With most courses offered in the evenings, the program is designed for both individuals who recently completed undergraduate degrees and returning students.  It is structured to foster public service leadership by teaching students how to confront theory with practice and practice with theory.

The MPA is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), a distinction enjoyed by only about one-fourth of all Master’s programs in public administration in the United States .

The MPA is a two-year professional degree. All MPA students complete a common set of six core courses in public management and policy. A minimum of 42 credit hours, which includes either an internship or thesis, and a final oral examination, are required for the MPA. The program is designed in such a way that full-time students who enter in the fall semester can receive their degree in two years or five semesters.

The MPA faculty brings a variety of perspectives to the program and endeavors to share the latest scholarship and the most pressing issues with students through courses and projects. The faculty encourages MPA students to think critically and creatively in addressing public concerns and problems. Case studies and practical exercises provide students opportunities to apply and revise knowledge developed by others. The small size of the program encourages close interaction among MPA students and between faculty and students.

The MPA program also offers joint degrees with the Department of Criminal Justice and the Department of History.  For more information on those joint degree programs, see the links below.

Prospective students are encouraged to review the program requirements in the NMSU Graduate Catalog.  For additional information, contact the MPA Director, Dr. Christina A. Medina, at 575-646-4935 or

MPA Application Deadlines:

October 1, 2016 for Spring 2017 admission

March 1, 2017 for Fall 2017 admission
*** Applications submitted after Priority Deadline are not guaranteed review for assistantships.  

MPA Graduation Rates

*Note:  ARY-5 Cohort is defined as 5 years before the annual report year of 2014-2015, determined as any MPA student who graduated in: Summer 2009, Fall 2009, and Spring 2010 and the length it took them to graduate.

Initially Enrolled

Graduated 100% of Degree Program Length Graduated 150% of Degree Program Length

Graduated 200% of Degree Program Length

Total Number of Students in the ARY-5 Cohort





MPA Job Placement Statistics

MPA Job Placement Statistics

*Note: These job placement statistics are for students who completed the MPA program in 2012-2013.  These statistics reflect the numbers of students who were employed in the “profession” within six months of graduation, by the employment sector.

Total graduates for 2012-2013 academic year

National or central government in the same country as the program

State, provincial or regional government in the same country as the program


City, County, or other local government in the same country as the program

Nonprofit domestic-oriented

Continuing   education


Unemployed (not seeking employment)

Unemployed (seeking employment)










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