Welcome to the Master's of Public Administration

We are very pleased to welcome you to the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). We are accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). Our MPA program offers a professional education that prepares students for the challenges and opportunities of a career in the management and administration of governmental and non-profit organizations. Established in 1974, the MPA program at UTEP has advanced the careers of students by enabling them to formulate new ideas, implement policies and resolve complex societal issues. The program welcomes students with diverse undergraduate and professional backgrounds who aim to succeed within an ever changing society.

-Bradley S. Chilton
Professor and Director, MPA Program
(915) 747-5016

Our Mission

The mission of the University of Texas at El Paso Master of Public Administration Program is to educate students to build the capacity of governmental and non-profit organizations. The Program provides the Paso Del Norte region with access to training in administration.We seek to:

  • Develop skills for effective public and non-profit management.
  • Conduct interdisciplinary and applied research.
  • Serve governmental and non-profit organizations, the community and professionals with public administration expertise.
  • Educate students to communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry.

UTEP has offered a comprehensive MPA program for over 35 years. Hundreds of our graduates are working in the border region, southwestern United States, and internationally as public servants within the local, state and federal governments, education, and non-profit organizations.

Our Faculty


 The faculty in the MPA program at UTEP conduct theoretically and empirically rigorous research that frequently appears in peer-reviewed journals. As one of the most academically productive departments in the College of Liberal Arts, we take pride in the fact that our faculty are respected scholars within their research areas, and they bring this knowledge and expertise into the classroom. Recent faculty publications can be viewed in our Faculty Research link.