Degree Program Overview

The Masters of Public Administration program at Sam Houston State University is an online graduate program offering a concentration in disaster and emergency management. A student may, with the permission of the graduate director, pursue a concentration in other disciplines deemed more relevant to the student’s professional goals.

Students who need a flexible schedule due to their current career or family responsibilities find a perfect home in our online program. Whether you are in Texas or anywhere else in the world, you will learn from professors who have real-world experience in public and nonprofit organizations and use it to conduct relevant applied research. In addition, most students are full-time professionals, so you will not only learn from experienced professors, but you will interact and network with your peers. Faculty pride themselves in creating interactive, online learning environments that engage students in in-depth discussion and analysis. As you move through the program, you will develop personal and professional relationships with your peers.

Our alumni work as directors of county agencies, city managers, directors of nonprofits, and serve in key leadership positions within emergency service agencies. Active-duty military and Foreign Service officers are also represented.

Online course enrollment is capped at 20 for most courses (and 12 in more demanding courses); therefore, professors are able to give you the attention you deserve. Although course enrollment is capped, ample course offerings each semester ensure that you are given the opportunity to progress through the program at a pace that fits your professional needs.

*Students who lack relevant job experience will be required to complete a 3-hour internship course.

Program Breakdown

Brief breakdown of the type, or types, of degree available, their length, available enrollment, and estimated cost.
Category Degree Summary
Catalog Entry Master of Public Administration (MPA)
Length 36 Credit Hours
Enrollment Fall, Spring, Summer
Costs Rates Per Semester
Admission Requirements Application Materials

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: May 15

Please note that application deadlines will occasionally change. Please contact your academic advisor (listed in the contact section) for confirmation on application deadlines.

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