Program Overview

The Online Executive MPA Program (eMPA) is a curriculum uniquely designed to meet the growing demand for mid-career professionals in the public sector who wish to pursue an Executive MPA degree. The program is offered online and provides a focus on public policy. The Executive eMPA program combines the advanced skill concepts of an executive master of public administration program and prepares administrators to lead and manage organizations in the area of public service. 

Upon completion of the Executive eMPA program, graduates will demonstrate a balance inventory of conceptual, quantitative and professional skills; demonstrate the ability to utilize information technology and systems for effective decision-making and communications. Graduates will also demonstrate the ability to utilize problem solving strategies and analytical competencies relevant to management positions and demonstrate a greater appreciation for workplace persity, ethical issues facing the public sector today, and the challenges of the global institutions.

The program is delivered primarily online, with the possible exception of an orientation meeting once or twice a semester. The program is administered through the Blackboard Academic Suites and Course Compass e-learning software. These platforms include live chats, online lectures, virtual classrooms, and teleconferencing capabilities. 

The basic requirements for the Executive eMPA degree are as follows: Online Executive eMPA students must complete 36 credit hours for the Online Executive Masters of Public Administration degree, usually over a two year period of full-time study. Some of the courses include: Public Administration Theories and Practices, Research Methods in Public Administration, Policy Making Process, Leadership and Decision Making, Quantitative Methods, Seminar in Organizational Theory, Science, Technology, & Social Policy, Government Budgeting and Financial Management, Intergovernmental Relations, Intro to International Development, Topical Seminar, and the students Capstone.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


    • Evidence of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
    • An official transcript of all undergraduate course work.
    • At least five years of significant experience in the area management or supervision

    School Overview

    Texas Southern University was established in 1927 and operates today as a public, 4-year institution of higher learning located in the city of Houston, Texas. In 1927, Houston’s school board approved the funding of an African American junior college called the Colored Junior College. The success of the school was immediate and by 1931 the school received approval by the Southern Association of Colleges. Once the school incorporated four-year programs, it was renamed Houston College for Negroes. Throughout the mid-twentieth century, the school continued moving forward, adding graduate programs and a law school, changing names once more. Then, in 1951, students petitioned to have the school renamed and the title Texas Southern University came into existence.

    Located just minutes from downtown Houston, the public Texas Southern University currently awards bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as doctoral programs. TSU houses ten colleges and schools along with several scholastic and research programs. TSU also supports online degrees and certificates.


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