For its series on MPA programs around the U.S., Government Product News has spotlighted a number of offerings. The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at Texas Tech (TTU) in Lubbock, Texas, is accredited by the NASPAA - The Global Standard in Public Service Education.
TTU's Department of Political Science in conjunction with the Center for Public Service confers and administers the TTU MPA.
The MPA degree offers track concentrations in the following areas:
•    Environmental
•    Health Care Administration
•    Nonprofit Management
•    Public Management

Here are the views of David Hamilton, program director of the MPA program at TTU.

GPN: Can a Texas Tech MPA degree offer new opportunities to our readers? 

David Hamilton: An MPA degree is recognized as the terminal professional degree for government careers.  A Texas Tech MPA degree combines academic theory and practical skills to prepare those who are entering a government career as well as experienced administrators who are seeking the professional credentials to enhance their careers.

GPN: Is 2014 a great time to earn an MPA for government administrators?

DH: Large numbers of government administrators at all levels of government are nearing retirement. As these administrators retire, there are tremendous opportunities for those with professional degrees. The need for highly qualified public leaders is critical, making 2014 the perfect time to earn the MPA.  

GPN: Does Texas Tech have any advice for our readers on choosing an MPA program?

DH:  A rigorous academic program, academic support, a good placement record and an active alumni network are all important in the choice of an MPA program. The MPA Program is housed in the Department of Political Science and has strong ties to the Center for Public Service, an outreach and service unit that provides students with opportunities for practical, applied research experience.

The program is fully accredited by the NASPAA. Recognized for its rigor and quality, the program is proud of its strong placement record that is aided by a loyal and active alumni network. Texas Tech graduates hold positions at the highest levels of municipal government in state and federal government, and in a variety of private sector and nonprofit settings, especially in the healthcare sector.

GPN: What makes the Texas Tech program unique? What are some of the school’s outstanding features?

DH: We attract students from a wide array of social, cultural and economic backgrounds. We offer small classes and one-on-one mentoring with an accomplished faculty dedicated to student success. A full-time student can complete the program in two years. Part-time students work at their own pace  with most part-time students completing the program in little more than three years. We also have all the  advantages and facilities of a comprehensive university. The MPA program offers depth, scope and vision. Above all, it prepares students to make a difference.