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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.

Mark McAvoy, SHRM-SCP, M.P.A. ‘02

Mark McAvoy, M.P.A. ‘02

Assitant City Manager
City of Rowlett

Mark is 2002 graduate of the University of Houston MPA program. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Washington in 1997 after serving a five year enlistment in the United State Air Force. Mark has been with the City of Houston for more than 9 years. He is currently a Division Manager with the Planning and Development Services Division of Public Works and Engineering, where he manages the division's financial, logistical and human resources functions. Immediately prior to his current role Mark was Chief of Staff of the Traffic and Transportation Division of Public Works and Engineering. "I not only utilize many of the skills and abilities I gained while at UH while performing my day to day duties, but I also have a network of other UH MPA's that I regularly engage while planning business strategies to handle long range issues. I wholeheartedly recommend the program for anyone looking to advance his or her foundation of knowledge"

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