Public Administration in New Mexico
New Mexico, known as the “Land of Enchantment,” is a state in the Southwestern United States. It borders Mexico and Texas to the South, and Texas and Oklahoma to the East. New Mexico shares a Western border with Arizona and a Northern border with Colorado. The Northwest corner of the state also borders Utah at the four corners intersection where one can stand in four states at once.
Albuquerque is the biggest city in New Mexico, while Santa Fe is its capital. Albuquerque is the only city in New Mexico with more than 100,000 residents in the city proper. It far exceeds that benchmark with 552,000-plus residents. Santa Fe is the fourth largest city in the state with approximately 70,000 calling it home.
New Mexico benefits from a great deal of government spending, with more than $2 in federal spending returning to the state for every $1 of tax revenue collected from New Mexico. That is in part due to the government having three air force bases, a testing range and an army fort located in the state.
New Mexico is a diverse state, with the highest percentage of Hispanic residents in the country. Nearly one-third of New Mexico residents speak Spanish, while 64 percent speak English. There is also a sampling of Navajo speaking residents and those who classify their language as other.
Schools in New Mexico that Offer a Master of Public Administration
Both New Mexico State University and the University of New Mexico have programs that offer a Master of Public Administration degree. In addition, both programs are accredited through the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, or NASPAA.
New Mexico State University is a public school that’s been around for more than 120 years. It’s located in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and has nearly 19,000 students. Almost 4,000 of the New Mexico State students are postgraduates. In addition to its main campus in Las Cruces, there are campuses in Carlsbad, Dona Anaa County, Alamogordo and Grants.
The University of New Mexico, a public school in Albuquerque, is the state’s biggest college. It is home to more than 35,000 students. The University of New Mexico, or UNM, was established in 1889. Sports teams at UNM are known as the Lobos, and they play in the Mountain West Conference.