Public Administration

Associate of Applied Science

The Associates of Applied Science degree in Public Administration program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for employment in the public sector and not-for-profit programs. A degree in Public Administration prepares students for careers in local, state and federal administration and management, budget and fiscal analysis, nonprofit management, criminal justice, policy development and community and economic development. Potential careers include:

  • Assessor
  • City and Regional Planning Aide
  • Court Clerk
  • Administrative Services Manager
  • Municipal Clerk
  • City Manager
  • Utilities Management

The program will enable students to understand the political, legal, ethical and social context of public administration with respect to pertinent processes and theories; to achieve proficiency in understanding and developing positive organizational behavior; and to develop the ability to apply appropriate methodologies to solve important problems and issues.

Coursework for this program includes such areas as public sector management, budgeting, ethics and supervision. The program includes a three credit hour practicum designed to give the student real-world experience related to the area of their career interest.

Richard M. Hinojosa, City Manager, Edinburg, TX
Mike Perez, City Manager, Weslaco, TX
Roy Rodriguez, City Manager, McAllen, TX
Juan Guerra, City Manager, Pharr, TX
Dr. Terence M. Garrett, Professor for the Department of Government, UTRGV
Diana Almaguer, Executive Director, CASA of Hidalgo County, Inc.
Nadia Ochoa, Executive Director, Palmer Drug Abuse Program


Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
ENGL 1301 Composition I 1 3
GOVT 2305 Federal Government 1 3
MATH 1332 Contemporary Mathematics 1 3
SPCH 1321 Business and Professional Communication 1 3
PBAD 1321 Public Administration 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
GOVT 2306 Texas Government 1 3
COSC 1301 Introduction to Computing 3
PHIL 2306 Introduction to Ethics 3
ENGL 2311 Technical and Business Writing 3
PBAD 1311 Municipal Management 3
 Credit Hours15
Third Semester
PBAD 1341 Governmental Agencies 3
PBAD 2335 Ethics in the Public Sector 3
PBAD 2331 Budgeting in the Public Sector 3
PBAD 2305 Public Sector Management 3
PBAD 2301 Public Relations for the Public Sector 3
 Credit Hours15
Fourth Semester
PBAD 2311 Public Sector Supervision 3
PBAD 2347 Urban Planning 3
PBAD 2339 Human Resource Management in the Public Sector 3
PBAD 2341 Legal Aspects of Public Management 3
PBAD 2380 Capstone: Co-op in Public Administration 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours60 Credit Hours

Identifies courses to fulfill minimum 15 credit hour General Education requirement