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The MPA program has a forty-year history of development since it was chartered by the State of Texas. Our 313 (1968 to 2008) graduates have found rewarding positions across a broad spectrum of organizations. These include, first-and-foremost, local governments but also non-profits and private sector corporations. A profile of the jobs and organizations of our graduates, as shown below, supports the conclusion that UH’s MPA program is a leading educator of public servants.

Pie graph of graduates and fields they have gone to

Here’s what alumni say about their UH MPA experience and their careers.

John Tsai, M.P.A. ‘02

David Hawes, M.P.A. 96’

Presidential Management Fellow 2002

I am 2002 University of Houston MPA graduate. I received my Bachelor degree from NYU in 1994. I joined the Peace Corps in Mongolia prior to join the MPA program in 2000. After graduating from the M.P.A. program, I joined the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C. as a Presidential Management Fellow. I worked on the Mutual Mortgage Insurance budget which supports the Federal Housing Administration's residential mortgage guarantee program.

In August 2003, I transferred to the Office of the Chief Financial Officer at the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors. I worked on budgeting for the Office of Engineering and the Office of Travel.

Currently, I'm studying biology and hope to pursue a graduate degree in biology or medicine.

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