Master's Degree in Public Administration

Department of Political Science

Degree: Master of Public Administration
Major: Public Administration
Hours: 36

Master of Public Administration Degree

Delivery Options:

On-Campus       Online

Degree Description

The Lamar University Master of Public Administration Degree caters to graduate students interested in one of a broad spectrum of careers in public service from management of public agencies to administration of non-profit organizations.

Available programs of study prepare you with the professional training, knowledge, skills and experience needed to successfully become an integral part of the efficient and responsive operation of the government.

Why Study Public Administration at Lamar?

The Master of Public Administration Degree at Lamar University leads to a wide variety of career opportunities in government and non-profit agencies as well as in private businesses and corporations, especially those subject to government regulation.

Many LU graduate students establish professional careers in federal, state or local government agencies. You could also earn a Master's or Doctoral degree in political science and teach in colleges and universities.

Career Paths

Employment in municipal government includes positions as city managers and assistant city managers, regional transportation and metropolitan planning agency directors, and in water, drainage, hospital and housing district management positions. Other career opportunities include those of legislative assistants at the state or national level and as representatives for private organizations in the state and national capitals.

Primary Careers

Program director, analyst, city manager/councilmember

Career Areas

  • Municipal government
  • Community programming
  • Non-profit development/administration
  • Policy and legislation

Median Salary


Types of Employers

  • Municipal, state, federal agencies
  • Law firms
  • Research companies
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Policymaking groups