Public Administration

School of Urban and Public Affairs

 

Web www.uta.edu/supa

Phone 817.272.3071

Fax 817.272.5008

 

551 University Hall

Degrees / Certificates

Master’s Degrees

Online Public Administration, M.P.A.

Public Administration, M.P.A.

Certificates

Law & Public Policy Certificate

Public Budgeting and Financial Management Certificate

Urban Journalism Certificate

Urban Non-Profit Management Certificate

Graduate Faculty

Graduate Advisor

Christa Barreras, Graduate Advisor:

City & Regional Planning, M.CIRP.

Interdisciplinary Studies, Sustainability, M.S. Non Thesis

Online Public Administration, M.P.A.

Public & Urban Administration, Ph.D.

Public Administration, M.P.A.

Urban Affairs, M.A.

Urban Planning & Public Policy, Ph.D.

Nortangela Fields, Graduate Advisor:

City & Regional Planning, M.CIRP.

Interdisciplinary Studies, Sustainability, M.S. Non Thesis

Online Public Administration, M.P.A.

Public & Urban Administration, Ph.D.

Public Administration, M.P.A.

Urban Affairs, M.A.

Urban Planning & Public Policy, Ph.D.

Professor

Richard Cole

Associate Professor

David Coursey

Rod Hissong

Alejandro Rodriguez

Professor Emeritus

Delbert Taebel

Department Information

Courses

General

Objectives

Dual Degree Programs

Certificate in Urban Nonprofit Management

Graduate Certificate in Public Budgeting and Financial Management

 

General

Public Administration is concerned with the formulation, analysis, negotiation, and implementation of democratically responsible collective action. With an interdisciplinary focus, this program gives special emphasis to the urban community and the special challenges of public managers who serve in urban areas. The curriculum is designed to develop leadership capacity, understanding of the political, social, and economic characteristics of today's urban environment and the ability to apply current theories of management and analysis to difficult management issues. The program is meant as preparation for those entering management careers in government for the first time or as career development for those already employed who are seeking upward mobility in public management. The Master of Public Administration is a joint program of the School of Urban and Public Affairs and the Department of Political Science.

The MPA degree at the School of Urban and Public Affairs is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), and the curriculum conforms to NASPAA standards.

Mission

The mission of the Master’s of Public Administration program is to stregthen public decision making and the delivery of public services in a globalized and diverse society by educating students to lead and manage organizations at all levels of government and nonprofit institutions ethically, democratically, and effectively.

Goals

The MPA program is guided by three educational goals. The first is to create the conditions for students to acquire extensive knowledge of public policy, administrative practices, research methods, and analytical tools as preparation for significant professional careers in the public and/or nonprofit sectors. The second is to educate students to apply current theories of public administration and decision making, thereby helping them to master their current work responsibilities as administrators and preparing them for exemplary leadership and management in the increasingly complex urban environment of future years. Third is to educate students in the effective use of information technology resources and Internet collaboration tools so that they apply those skills to stregthen public service and public decision-making capabilities.

Those seeking admission to the MPA program can choose between two program options: 1) courses taught on campus primarily during evening hours; and 2) SUPA MPA courses taught online through The University of Texas System TeleCampus. Applicants who choose the on-campus option may plan their courses to include the requirements of certificate program such as Urban Nonprofit Management or Public Budgeting and Financial Management. A description of the various certificate offerings can be found in the Urban and Public Affairs section of the catalog. Applicants who choose the online option may find it more convenient at times and are welcome to take some of the scheduled online courses on campus instead.

A hallmark of the MPA program is its distinguished faculty that combines extensive academic and field experience in public administration with a wide range of related backgrounds. Augmenting the permanent faculty are several adjunct professors with impressive credentials in the public management field including Charles Boswell, former City Manager of Fort Worth, Texas; Bob Hart, City Manager of Kennedale, Texas; Richard Greene, Regional Director of EPA and former Mayor of Arlington, Texas; and David Gattis, Deputy City Manager of Benbrook, Texas, and past president of the Texas Chapter, American Planning Association.

Objectives

The MPA program is guided by two educational objectives. The first is to create the conditions for students to acquire extensive knowledge of public policy, political systems, administrative practices and research methods as preparation for significant professional careers in the public and/or nonprofit sectors. The second is to prepare students to apply current theories of management and analysis, thereby helping them to master their current work responsibilities as administrators and preparing them for exemplary leadership and management in the increasingly complex urban environment of future years.

Factors considered for admission to SUPA Master’s programs

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score: Writing (Exceptions: Outstanding UT Arlington graduates may qualify for GRE waiver providing they meet certain requirements)
  • Undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA): The undergraduate GPA based on the last 60 hours of course work as calculated by the Graduate School from the official transcript.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores: Verbal and Quantitative (Exceptions: Outstanding UT Arlington graduates may qualify for GRE waiver providing they meet certain requirements)
  • Letters of Recommendation attesting to the applicant’s potential to do Master’s-level work and complete the program. Letters for Master’s programs should be from professors or supervisors at work (download Letter of Recommendation form)
  • Essay by applicant approximately one double-spaced page in length (approximately 250 words). The Essay is considered both for its content and quality of writing. The Essay should address the following questions: 1. Why do you want to earn a Master’s degree in the program for which you are applying? 2. What relevant background and experience do you bring to the program? The essay can also include other concerns you’d like to bring to the attention of the Graduate Advisor or Master’s Admissions Committee.
  • Non-native English speakers only: TOEFL or IELTS scores (Exceptions: An applicant holding either a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university is not required to submit a TOEFL, TOEFL iBT, or IELTS score for admission purposes.)

Types of Admission in Master’s Programs

  1. Unconditional Admission:

    Applicants who meet all the following requirements will be considered for unconditional admission:

    1. Minimum Writing GRE score of 4.0
    2. Minimum Undergraduate GPA of 3.0
    3. Minimum Verbal GRE score of 450, and minimum Quantitative GRE of 450, and a minimum combined Verbal and Quantitative score of 1,000
    4. Outstanding letters of recommendation
    5. Strong, well-written personal essay
    6. Non-native English speakers only: TOEFL scores of at least 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (iBT) with sectional scores that meet or exceed 22 Writing, 21 Speaking, 20 Reading, and 16 Listening; or, IELTS score of at least 6.5.
  2. Probationary Admission:

    Applicants who do not meet all requirements for Unconditional admission will be considered for Probationary admission on the basis of the strength of all the listed admission factors. Test scores will not constitute the sole or primary basis for ending consideration of an applicant. Under Probationary admission, special course requirements or other conditions may be imposed by the SUPA Master’s Admissions Committee. Applicants who meet all the standards for Unconditional admission except for deficiency in Writing GRE score will be considered for Probationary Admission conditional on completing an approved Writing course in their first semester.

  3. Other types of admission decisions pertaining to Master’s applicants:

    1. Deferred: Applicants who are unable to supply required application materials, or who must complete additional preparatory work before their admissibility can be determined, may be deferred until records are complete.
    2. Provisional: Applicants who are unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission deadline but who otherwise appear to meet admission requirements may be granted Provisional admission pending submission of complete and satisfactory credentials before the end of the semester in which they have registered in a Provisional status.
    3. Denied: Applicants who fail to meet more than one of the admission requirements and for whom the SUPA Master’s Admission Committee finds there is insufficient basis to justify any other kind of admission will be Denied admission. As the admission process is competitive, applicants meeting basic admission requirements who are less well qualified than other applicants may also be denied admission

Scholarship/Fellowship Criteria

  • Graduate students with a GPA of 3.0 or better who are enrolled in six hours or more are eligible to apply for competitive scholarships and fellowships.
  • Scholarships and fellowships for Master’s and Doctoral students will be competitively awarded based on consideration of the all admission criteria assessed by their admitting programs.

SUPA Inadequate Academic Progress Point System

A student may be subject to dismissal from the program if they accumulate 4 deficiency points during their Master’s degree or their Ph.D. Students who complete a Master’s degree at SUPA will not carry deficiency points into their Ph.D. work. Deficiency points may not be removed from a student’s record by repeating a course or additional coursework.

D = 2 deficiency points

F = 3 deficiency points

I = 1 deficiency point

W = 0.5 deficiency point

Degree Requirements and Courses

Traditional Program

The total number of semester credit hours will range from a minimum of 39 to a maximum of 42 as follows: (See departmental listings for course descriptions in other sections of the catalog as follows: URPA: Urban and Public Affairs; CIRP: City and Regional Planning. PAD POLS are the course rubrics used by the University of Texas at El Paso; PAD and POLS courses listed below are available online through UT TeleCampus.)

I. Core Courses (30 hours)

URPA 5302 Foundations of Urban Research and Analysis

URPA 5309 Intergovernmental Relations

URPA 5320 Public Organization Theory

URPA 5326 Public Budgeting

URPA 5329 Financial Management in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors

URPA 5345 Evaluation Research

URPA 5350 Public Administration

URPA 5351 Public Human Resources

URPA 5358 Ethics in the Public Service

URPA 5399 Public Administration Capstone

II. Emphasis Areas (9 hours)

Students select an emphasis area and take a total of three courses: two required courses plus one elective from the respective list or any other course with the approval of the MPA advisor.

Emphasis Area 1: International Administration and Development

Objectives-upon completion of this emphasis track, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate comprehension of the multidisciplinary concepts and theories of comparative administration, urbanism and politics with emphasis on globalization, urban and regional development, public bureaucracy, traditional and economic elites, modernization, and analyze the role, policies and organization of regional and multinational organizations.
  2. Prepare and present a major comparative, scholarly study on a prominent policy or topical issue.

Required courses:

CIRP 5307 Urbanization in the Developing World

URPA 5327 Comparative Administration and Development

Elective courses (select one):

PAD 5361 Political Economy of Borders

POLS 5331 Seminar in International Organizations and Law

URPA 5341 Professional Report Writing

URPA 5342 (CIRP 5317) Strategies for Urban Research

URPA 5391 Comparative Public Policy-Study Abroad

URPA 5392 Urbanization and Development-Study Abroad

URPA 6349 Decision Making and Public Policy Analysis

Emphasis Area 2: Public Budgeting and Financial Management

Objectives-upon completion of this emphasis track, students should be able to:

  1. Review, recommend, and interpret operating and capital budget requests taking political, economic, and decision-making processes into account; and
  2. Assist the budget officer and other higher-level public officials in performing comprehensive financial analyses and developing financial and budgetary recommendations.

Required courses:

URPA 5332 Public Capital Budgeting and Planning

URPA 5348 Cost-Benefit Analysis

Elective courses (select one):

URPA 5312 Economic Policy

URPA 5321 Urban Management

URPA 5324 Urban Public Finance

URPA 5341 Professional Report Writing

URPA 5342 (CIRP 5317) Strategies for Urban Research

URPA 5357 (CIRP 5312) Strategic Planning and Performance Management

URPA 5333 Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting

URPA 6349 Decision Making and Public Policy Analysis (NEW)

Emphasis Area 3: Urban Management

Objectives-upon completion of this emphasis track, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of applied analytic tools such as program evaluation, policy analysis, cost-benefit analysis, and other management decision-making tools to aid the public manager make more informed decisions;
  2. Assist public managers and other higher-level public officials to understand, analyze, and recommend appropriate solutions to complex public policy issues.

Required courses:

URPA 5321 Urban Management

URPA 5357 (CIRP 5312) Strategic Planning and Performance Management

Elective courses (select one):

URPA 5304 Urban Politics

URPA 5312 Economic Policy

URPA 5323 Public Organizational Change

URPA 5324 Urban Public Finance

URPA 5341 Professional Report Writing

URPA 5342 (CIRP 5317) Strategies for Urban Research

URPA 5348 Cost-Benefit Analysis

URPA 6349 Decision Making and Public Policy Analysis

Emphasis Area 4: Urban Nonprofit Agency Management

Objectives-upon completion of this emphasis track, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the different management areas and techniques within the nonprofit organization, including institutional management, leadership, fund-raising, financial administration, human resources coordination, and planning and performance measurements.
  2. Understand the role of nonprofits as community institutions with an outward focus, including the political, economic, and inter-organizational environment, as well as marketing, legal, and government policy issues.

Required courses:

URPA 5354 Management of Nonprofit Organizations

URPA 5355 Nonprofit Institutions

Elective courses (select one):

URPA 5313 Community Development

URPA 5318 Social Welfare Policy

URPA 5321 Urban Management

URPA 5330 Community and Neighborhood Organization

URPA 5341 Professional Report Writing

URPA 5342 (CIRP 5317) Strategies for Urban Research

URPA (CIRP 5312) Strategic Planning and Performance Management

URPA 5348 Cost-Benefit Analysis

URPA 6349 Decision Making and Public Policy Analysis

Emphasis Area 5: Strategic Human Resources Management

Objectives-upon completion of this emphasis track, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of public human resource policies, programs, procedures, and legal issues relevant to the field; and
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of techniques employed in designing performance appraisals, recruiting and selecting employees, and developing rewards systems.

Required courses:

URPA 5352 Personnel Management and Conflict Resolution in the Public Sector

URPA 5367 Strategic Public Human Resources Management

Elective courses: (select one)

URPA 5321 Urban Management

URPA 5323 Public Organizational Change

URPA 5341 Professional Report Writing

URPA 5342 (CIRP 5317) Strategies for Urban Research

URPA 5357 (CIRP 5312) Strategic Planning and Performance Management

URPA 5368 Public Human Resource Law

URPA 6349 Decision Making and Public Policy Analysis

Emphasis Area 6: Economic Development and Planning

Objectives-upon completion of this emphasis track, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a general comprehension of the politics, organization, policy issues and legal and financial dimensions of local economic development; and
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of techniques employed in location and impact analysis, strategic planning, revenue generation, marketing, cluster development, site planning, and business recruitment, development and retention.

Required courses:

URPA 5334 Managing Economic Development

URPA 5357 (CIRP 5312) Strategic Planning and Performance Management

Elective courses (select one):

URPA 5306 The Urban Economy

URPA 5312 Economic Policy

URPA 5321 Urban Management

CIRP 5322 Economic Development Planning and Policy

URPA 5341 Professional Report Writing

URPA 5342 (CIRP 5317) Strategies for Urban Research

URPA 5348 Cost-Benefit Analysis

URPA 6349 Decision Making and Public Policy Analysis

III. Internship (3 hours)

URPA 5360 Urban Management/Planning Internship for students with less than one year of appropriate work experience.

Online MPA Curriculum

Students who choose the online MPA option will complete the following course work.

I. Core Course (30 hours)

SUPA 5302 Foundations of Urban Research and Analysis

URPA 5309 Intergovernmental Relations

URPA 5320 Public Organization Theory

URPA 5322 Politics, Policy, and Public Administration

URPA 5326 Public Budgeting

URPA 5332 Public Capital Budgeting

URPA 5345 Evaluation Research

URPA 5351 Public Human Resources

URPA 5358 Ethics in the Public Service

URPA 5399 Public Administration Capstone

II. Emphasis Area (9 hours)

Students will design an emphasis to meet their personal and professional needs by choosing three courses from the list below.

PAD 5355 Comparative Public Administration

PAD 5361 Political Economy of Borders

POLS 5331 Seminar in International Organizations and Law

POLS 5344 Seminar in Border Theory

SUPA 5300 Foundations of Urban Planning and Sociology

SUPA 5301 Foundations of Urban Politics and Economics

URPA 5304 Urban Politics

URPA 5310 Urban Policy and the Law

URPA 5312 Economic Policy

III. Internship (3 hours)

URPA 5360 Urban Management/Planning Internship for students with less than one year of appropriate work experience.

Master of Public Administration Cohort

The MPA Cohort Program adheres to the same curriculum and degree requirements as both the traditional and online MPA programs. However students in the cohort program will progress together, from start to finish, as a distinct group. Cohort students follow a more accelerated and intensive lock-step schedule which enables them to complete one course every five weeks. The 42 hour program (39 hours if the internship is waived) consists of 14 (or 13 if the internship is waived) total courses, three classes in each long semester (Fall and Spring semesters), two classes in the Summer semester, and an internship (which can be taken in any semester). MPA Cohort students complete their degree in 21months.

Cohort graduates will demonstrate proficiency in the use of applied analytical tools such as program evaluation, statistics, policy analysis, cost-benefit analysis, and other management decision-making tools in public work. Graduates will demonstrate proficiency in communicating and explaining appropriate solutions to complex public policy issues to policy-makers and officials.

Curriculum and Degree Requirements

Objective: Lock-Step Schedule (42 credit hours)

URPA 5350 Introduction to Public Administration

URPA 5320 Public Organization Theory

URPA 5326 Public Budgeting

URPA 5351 Personnel & Human Resources in the Public Sector

CIRP 5318 Techniques of Planning & Administrative Analysis

URPA 5348 Cost Benefit Analysis

URPA 5357 Strategic Planning, Policy & Management

URPA 5309 Intergovernmental Relations

URPA 5302 Foundations of Urban Research & Analysis

URPA 5329 Financial Management in Public & Nonprofit Sector

URPA 5345 Evaluation Research

URPA 5358 Ethics in the Public Service

URPA 5399 Public Administration Capstone

URPA 5360 Urban Management/Planning Internship

Internship: URPA 5360

The MPA program does require an internship course to be completed (URPA 5360). This 3 hour course is designed for students to earn 3 credit hours for completing a 1 semester long internship leading to public sector professional experience. There are no prerequisites that must be met before entering an internship or enrolling in URPA 5360, therefore students can immediately begin an internship within their first semester and thereafter.

Internship Waiver

URPA 5360 can be waived by newly admitted students and current students who have previously earned at least 1 year of professional public sector work experience. The procedure that must be followed by every student wishing to pursue the waiver is as follows: 1. Submit a Petition to the Graduate Faculty (form) with signature and all necessary student information 2. Attach a professional resume, illustrating at least 1 year of professional experience of public sector work 3. This form and resume must first be submitted to the Graduate Advisor and Committee Chair for approval 4. Once approval or denial decision is made, the student will then be notified as to whether or not the URPA 5360 – Internship course will be waived.

Time to complete MPA Cohort

Students will earn their MPA degree in approximately 21 months.

Lock-Step Schedule

MPA Cohort students attend class on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6pm to 10pm. This schedule does not change, therefore making this program excellent for working professionals.

Location

MPA Cohort courses are offered at the UT Arlington Fort Worth Center located in the heart of Downtown Fort Worth.

Dual Degree Programs

Students in public administration may participate in one of five dual degree programs whereby they can earn a Master of Public Administration and 1) Master of Arts in Urban Affair 2) a Master of City and Regional Planning, 3) a Master of Science in Social Work, 4) a Master of Science in Nursing, 5) a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice, or 6) a Master’s of Sociology. By participating in a dual degree program, students can apply a number of semester hours jointly to meet the requirements of both degrees, thus reducing the total number of hours which would be required to earn both degrees separately. The number of hours which may be jointly applied ranges from nine to 18 hours, subject to the approval of Graduate Advisors from both programs. To participate in the dual degree program, students must make separate application to each program and must submit a separate Program of Work for each degree. Those interested in the dual degree program should consult the appropriate Graduate Advisor(s) for further information on course requirements. See also the statement of Dual Degree Programs in the general information section of this catalog.

Certificate in Urban Nonprofit Management

The Urban Nonprofit Management Certificate provides in-depth management training to nonprofit managers, staff, board members and volunteers to strengthen their management skills, administrative systems, and service delivery programs.

Students from any department or discipline may elect to complete the certificate program. Upon completion, students will be prepared to assume key roles in any nonprofit institution.

The certificate requires completion of URPA 5354 (Management of Nonprofit Organizations) and URPA 5355 (Nonprofit Institutions) as well as three additional courses to be selected by the student with approval of the Urban Nonprofit Management certificate program advisor. Examples of courses that would be approved include: URPA 5303 The Metroplex; URPA 5329 Financial Management in the Public and Nonprofit Sector; URPA 5351 Personnel and Human Resources in the Public Sector; URPA 5392 Entrepreneurial Management; CIRP 5319 Agencies of Planning and Administration or CIRP 5312 Strategic Planning and Management; CIRP 5324 Community Development or CIRP 5306 Urban Development; SOCW 5307 Introduction to Human Services Administration; SOCW 5303 Foundations of Social Policy and Services; MARK 5311 Marketing; MARK 5345 Creative Problem Solving.

Students who are already enrolled in a graduate degree program at U.T. Arlington need only declare their intent to enroll by submitting the appropriate application form to Dr. Edith Barrett, the Urban Nonprofit Management Certificate Advisor. No prerequisite requirements are essential for these students.

Students who desire only to enroll in the Urban Nonprofit Management Certificate program but NOT in a graduate degree program may apply for admission to UT Arlington as a special student or "non-degree seeking" student. An undergraduate degree and grade point average of 3.0 shall be required. A GRE (graduate record examination) score and letters of recommendation are not necessary for admission to the Urban Nonprofit Management Certificate program. Any student that later seeks a graduate degree in a UT Arlington college or school may apply nine hours of coursework toward that degreewithin six years of completion and award of the Urban Nonprofit Management Certificate and by petition to the Graduate School through her or his prospective academic department. The acceptance or waiver of the remaining six hours taken as part of the requirements for the award of the Urban Nonprofit Management Certificate is at the discretion of each department.

Graduate students in any degree program at UT Arlington may register for Urban Nonprofit Management courses using standard registration procedures. It should be noted that class slots in the two core courses would be reserved for all of those Urban Nonprofit Management Certificate program participants who are accepted. Urban Nonprofit Management program students who are enrolled in other academic schools or colleges must obtain written course approval from their respective graduate advisors.

Professionals who desire to enroll in any or both of the core courses for continuing education hours may do so as special students. If at a later date these students decide to apply for the Urban Nonprofit Management Certificate program, the hours already taken as continuing education will be applied (within six years of completion of the courses) to the certificate program requirements.

Graduate Certificate in Public Budgeting and Financial Management

Sound fiscal management at all levels of government is essential for meeting the demands of an increasingly expensive and complex service-delivery need. The purpose of this graduate certificate is provide students interested in public sector affairs and local government officials (budgeters, planners, finance analysts, and elected officials) with the skills to enable them to effectively support local government financial decision-making. Participants should expect to attain a comprehensive understanding of public budgeting and financial management practices and theories including knowledge of the various government revenue sources, major expenditures, and borrowing mechanisms used to finance long-life capital assets.

Students wishing to enroll only in the Graduate Certificate in Public Budgeting and Financial Management (certificate) but NOT to a graduate degree program may apply for admission to UT Arlington as a non-degree seeking student. A Bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 2.8 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework is required for admission through the Graduate School. Students with GPAs lower than 2.8 may be recommended for admission by Alejandro Rodriguez, Ph.D., the Certificate Advisor, based on the following admission enhancing factors: (1) the applicant's work experience and level of responsibility; (2) undergraduate degree in economics, financial management, accounting, or other closely related field; and (3) two letters of recommendation.

Students already enrolled in a Master’s degree program at UT Arlington may enroll by submitting the appropriate application form to the program manager and his or her academic graduate advisor. Students who have completed a Master’s degree may apply for admission to UT Arlington as a non-degree seeking student. In either case, a minimum GPA of 3.0 in Master’s degree work is required.

Participants must satisfactorily complete three required core courses and two elective courses from an approved list of elective courses, or by permission of the program advisor. Students shall be awarded the Graduate Certificate for Public Budgeting and Financial Management by the School of Urban and Public Affairs and the Graduate School upon satisfactory completion of the certificate requirements and a grade point average of 3.0.

Core Courses (Required)

URPA 5326 Public Budgeting *

URPA 5332 Public Capital Budgeting and Planning *

URPA 5329 Financial Management in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors

Elective Courses - Students must take two of the following:

SUPA 5302 Fundamentals of Urban Research and Analysis *

URPA 5345 Evaluation Research *

URPA 5310 Urban Policy and the Law *

URPA 5312 Economic Policy *

URPA 5324 Urban Public Finance

URPA 5306 The Urban Economy

URPA 5333 Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting

* Courses also offered online

Students who later seek graduate degrees at UT Arlington may apply 12 hours of certificate coursework within six years of completion and award of the certificate, with approval of the appropriate Graduate Studies Committee and the Dean of the Graduate School. Non-degree seeking students in the certificate program desiring to seek a degree must meet all admission requirements of the degree program.

Courses (URPA)

URPA5300 – FOUNDATION OF URBAN THEORY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Social theories that explain the life cycle of urban communities as they develop, expand, and are sustained or decay are presented and contrasted. Special consideration is given to role of social policy. Topics such as poverty, race, neighborhoods, and environment are addressed.

 

URPA5301 – FOUNDATIONS OF URBAN POLITICS AND ECONOMICS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Examines the major political and economic institutions and processes in urban communities and their effect on urban policy.

 

URPA5302 – FOUNDATIONS OF URBAN RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

An introduction to research methodologies, both quantitative and qualitative, and statistical techniques useful in the analysis of urban trends and administrative programs. Previously taught as SUPA 5302.

 

URPA5303 – THE METROPLEX: SURVEY OF URBAN AFFAIRS, PLANNING, ADMINISTRATION:

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

The Metroplex provides an ideal laboratory for study with more than 100 cities and other governmental units, thousands of neighborhoods and business enterprises, major concentration of minorities and dozens of ethnic groups. An in-depth orientation on urban dynamics utilizing senior faculty members, governmental and community leaders, and current research reports and studies.

 

URPA5304 – URBAN POLITICS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Examination of the city as a political system, including the impact of urbanization and fragmentation on policies; input dimensions, including voting patterns and interest group development; decision-making structures, especially types of community power structures and the impact of the reform movement on structural processes. Also offered as POLS 5305; credit will be granted only once.

 

URPA5305 – THEORIES OF URBAN SOCIETY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Several theoretical perspectives of the community and community organization examined. Special emphasis given to theories from human ecology, organization and stratification, and social welfare.

 

URPA5306 – THE URBAN ECONOMY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Internal dynamics of the growth and development of the urban system and its relation to the national economy. National and urban economic policy, urban growth and land use, market imperfections, urban financial issues, and the environmental implications of urban growth studied through lecture, game simulation and policy debates.

 

URPA5307 – URBAN GEOGRAPHY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Emphasizes real aspects associated with urban physical environments and social, behavioral and financial processes that shape these environments.

 

URPA5308 – URBAN HISTORY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Extensive reading primarily in the history of the urbanization and metropolitanization of the people of the United States. Historical methods as exemplified in the works of leading historians and analyzed; examples of the scholarship of selected historians and treatises on selected cities, regions, and urban institutions studied.

 

URPA5309 – INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Critical analysis of the implications of federalism, and the changing nature of intergovernmental relations on state and local management, administration, planning, and policy making.

 

URPA5310 – URBAN POLICY AND THE LAW

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Critical analysis of federal government and selected state and local government policies and programs designed to influence the course of change and the future development of cities and urban areas. The role of "private" governments in affecting policy explored.

 

URPA5311 – SOCIAL POLICY FORMATION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Utilization of a sociological approach in the study of policy formation in such areas as aging, social planning, and community problem solving.

 

URPA5312 – ECONOMIC POLICY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Examines structure of the U.S. economic system and its impact on welfare of consumers, workers, and industry; public policy efforts to provide for management of critical economic variables are evaluated for effectiveness and equity as they impact different interest groups.

 

URPA5313 – COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Focuses on current problems of community development and neighborhood revitalization. Housing, community assets, the roles of community development corporations and social capital in cities, and community economic development will be analyzed. Federal, state, and local policies, with grassroots initiatives evaluated for effectiveness on promoting alternatives for community building and organizing. Also offered as CIRP 5324; credit will be granted only once.

 

URPA5314 – HEALTH POLICY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Current health policy and programs, examination of historical development, economic and legal aspects, interest groups and health constituencies.

 

URPA5315 – URBAN EDUCATION POLICY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Examines current education policy and programs, including public school districts, charter schools, and vouchers; economic and political aspects; role of adult education programs in improving human capital.

 

URPA5316 – HUMAN SERVICES

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Social welfare institutions: private and public; needs assessment, resource allocation, procedures, city/state/federal/private policy review; highlights of current system demands and changes. Offered as URPA 5316 and CIRP 5344; credit will be granted only once.

 

URPA5317 – ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Focuses on the physical environmental dimensions of urbanization including such factors as pollution, waste disposal, and land use; stresses the role of economic, social, and political institutions as these affect environmental quality of the city. Offered as CIRP 5342 and URPA 5317; credit will be granted only once.

 

URPA5318 – SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Examines recent welfare reform measures (federal, state, and local levels), the political issues behind them, and their influence on urban life. A central topic will be the impact of a changing society on social welfare policy needs, including analyses of labor force participation and family structure.

 

URPA5319 – URBAN PROBLEMS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Specific urban problems examined in depth, traced to their historical origins to see how they or similar problems have been dealt with in other times and places. Students will then propose possible solutions to the problems in their contemporary form. Offered as CIRP 5347 and URPA 5319.

 

URPA5320 – PUBLIC ORGANIZATION THEORY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Historical evolution of administrative theory including classical, sociological and social-psychological dimensions; decision-making theory; implications of public interest theory for public management; basic concepts of organization development and impact on public administration paradigms; new public administration; and future of public urban organization. Also offered as CRCJ 5309 and POLS 5303; credit will be granted only once.

 

URPA5321 – URBAN MANAGEMENT

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Focuses through lectures, readings, and exercises on major administrative process: personnel and policy development and analysis; management styles and key contemporary management problems explored through presentations by prominent local practitioners.

 

URPA5322 – POLITICS, POLICY AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Development of theory of bureaucracy; bureaucracy as social issue; ethics and morality in public bureaucracy; mobilization of special interest support; power differentials in urban agencies; policy process in bureaucracy; new bureaucratic structures and processes for urban policy making.

 

URPA5323 – PUBLIC ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Current theories and concepts of public organizational change with particular emphasis on organization development and action research; theoretical roots of contemporary change literature traced through readings and discussion of classical organization theory, public administration including New Public Administration decision making, public interest, phenomenology, learning theory and general systems. Prerequisite: basic organizational theory course or permission of instructor.

 

URPA5324 – URBAN PUBLIC FINANCE

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Tax, revenue, and fiscal problems of cities and local governments in metropolitan areas; problems of matching costs and benefits in providing public services among different local governments; increasingly complex dimensions of intergovernmental fiscal relations and public budgeting systems. Offered as URPA 5324 and CIRP 5329; credit will be granted only once

 

URPA5325 – ADMINISTRATIVE LAW

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Examines scope and role of administrative regulation of and by governmental agencies; explores constitutional principles which limit administrative power and administrative law which governs classical areas of conflict between administrative agencies and their constituencies; rule-making, judicial review and informal regulatory processes of importance to public officials.

 

URPA5326 – PUBLIC BUDGETING

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

This course introduces students to the principles and practices used by federal, state, and local governments to acquire and spend revenues within the context of American democracy, capitalism, federalism, and economics. The primary objective of this course is to provide students with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge to enable them to be effective participants in the budgeting process and critical consumers and producers of research relevant to public budgeting. Offered as CIRP 5328 and URPA 5326. Credit will be granted only once.

 

URPA5327 – COMPARATIVE ADMINISTRATION AND POLICY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Extensive, multidisciplinary exposure to concepts and models of administration in developed and modernizing countries; role of the military, bureaucracy and traditional elites in development; practices and concepts of strategies for effective change.

 

URPA5328 – SMALL CITY MANAGEMENT

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

This course will focus on problems peculiar to small cities, including administrative law; personnel, planning; public works, public safety; human services; budget and finance; public relations and parks and recreation.

 

URPA5329 – FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT IN THE PUBLIC AND NON-PROFIT SECTORS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Overview of the principles of finance as they apply to the public and non-profit sectors, financial reporting for state and local governments and non-profit organizations and evaluation.

 

URPA5330 – COMMUNITY AND NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZATION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Structure and processes in the analysis and development of community and neighborhood organizations; special emphasis given to poverty and minority communities and neighborhoods.

 

URPA5331 – LAND USE PLANNING AND THE LAW

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Explores the law of land use in the context of the American legal, economic, and political systems. Examines leading court decisions and precedents for their background, content, and applicability to contemporary land use. Offered as CIRP 5316 and URPA 5331. Credit will be granted only once.

 

URPA5332 – PUBLIC CAPITAL BUDGETING

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Examines governmental capital budgeting processes with a focus on understanding the significance of capital improvement planning, public facility investment, and project evaluation to sound infrastructure financing and regional economic growth. Governments purchase or construct long-lasting physical assets or facilities financed mostly through borrowing. This course aims to understand the rationale for public capital budgeting and debt instruments used to finance capital investment in the political context of public budgeting in America.

 

URPA5333 – GOVERNMENTAL AND NONPROFIT ACCOUNTING

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

This course is designed as an introduction to governmental and nonprofit accounting. The course reviews major fund accounting principles, accounting for budgetary, revenue, and expenditure funds, accounting for general capital assets and long-term liabilities, accounting for fiduciary and proprietary funds, auditing practices, and financial reporting unique to government and non-profit organizations.

 

URPA5334 – MANAGEMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

This course focuses on the knowledge, organization, politics, issues, techniques and processes of local economic development. Emphasis is placed on contemporary issues and trends in the rich, dynamic laboratory of local economic development in Texas. Learning objectives include: 1) comprehension of basic techniques and issues such as strategic planning, leadership strategies, financial options and evaluation; 2) increased knowledge of the positive potential of thoughtful economic development for local environmental, infrastructure, and revenue challenges; and 3) enhanced professional development through individual and classroom exposure to successful practitioners.

 

URPA5341 – PROFESSIONAL REPORT WRITING

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Provides students entering public sector employment with writing, management information, data retrieval skills to communicate ideas and information within and outside an agency; basic writing skills reviewed, including organization of reports and grammatical construction; assignments based on actual internship position of students in public agencies.

 

URPA5342 – INTERMEDIATE DATA ANALYSIS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

An intermediate level examination of statistical and research techniques appropriate to urban and social analysis. Presuming a basic understanding of descriptive and inferential statistics, the course covers multivariate regression, including error analysis and non-linear models, path analysis, ANOVA, logit and probit models, and techniques for data reduction (e.g., factor analysis). Prerequisite: URPA 5302. Offered as URPA 5342 and CIRP 5317; credit will be granted only once.

 

URPA5343 – APPLIED URBAN ANALYSIS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Group and individual projects to develop research studies or strategies, data reports for local government, agency or citizen group; techniques appropriate to task utilized. P/F only.

 

URPA5344 – QUALITATIVE METHODS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

The study of qualitative research and analysis methods. Offered as CIRP 5346 and URPA 5344; credit will be given only once.

 

URPA5345 – EVALUATION RESEARCH

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Methodological issues in evaluating public programs; identification of variables, indicators and analyses formats presented. Prerequisite: SUPA 5302 or URPA 5302.

 

URPA5346 – DATA ANALYSIS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

 

URPA5347 – DEMOGRAPHIC METHODS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Examination of sources of data-census, vital statistics, special surveys, reports, special studies; techniques of analysis with particular emphasis on growth and projection models, interpretation of findings as a major policy area in urban analysis.

 

URPA5348 – COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Reviews theory of cost-benefit and cost-effective analyses; explores the research, measurement and methodological requirements for the assessments of costs and benefits. It is recommended that students have completed at least one graduate course in research and one graduate class in public finance.

 

URPA5350 – INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

This is a graduate level introductory course designed to give students an understanding of public administration as a field of academic inquiry and professional practice within the context of American federalism, democratic values, institutional dynamics, and bureaucratic politics. In addition to contextually defining public administration, the course addresses government reform, intergovernmental relations, public ethics, organizational dynamics and behavior, personnel issues, budgeting, and e-governance.

 

URPA5351 – PUBLIC HUMAN RESOURCES

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with key functions of government personnel systems, discuss various theoretical approaches and techniques, and understand the major legal requirements of public personnel management. The course examines the structure, role, and evolution of the Civil Service, current personnel policies, and personnel management tasks such as examination, recruitment, position classification, and collective bargaining.

 

URPA5352 – PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Labor management at all levels of government, ability to work together to solve problems. Emphasis on collective and interest based bargaining, mediation, labor management partnership. Simulation exercises teach dynamics of bargaining, negotiation, problem solving, and small group dynamics.

 

URPA5353 – URBAN GOVERNMENT REFORM AND INNOVATION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Designed to acquaint students with urban governance reform and innovation. Course will explore how reformed government differs from traditional bureaucracy by contrasting it with entrepreneurial government and other innovations. Examines some of the areas most in need of reform, including service delivery, organizational capacity, and fiscal decentralization.

 

URPA5354 – MANAGEMENT OF NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

This course examines the different management areas and techniques within the nonprofit organization such as institutional management, leadership and management and the differences between them, fund-raising and financial administration, human resources-staff, volunteer, and board-coordination, internal needs assessment, planning, performance measurements, and the organizational environment and culture.

 

URPA5355 – NON-PROFIT INSTITUTIONS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

This course examines non-profits as community institutions with an outward focus: the political, economic, and inter-organizational environment, fund-raising and financial management, community relations and needs assessment, the role of the volunteers, boards and community leaders, marketing, and legal and government issues.

 

URPA5356 – PUBLIC ENTREPRENEURIAL MANAGEMENT

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Public entrepreneurship involves the use of public powers, and partnerships with individuals, firms and other organizations, to achieve public purposes. The focus will be on creative management techniques and methods employed in managing the public sector.

 

URPA5357 – STRATEGIC PLANNING, POLICY AND MANAGEMENT

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Readings and case studies of strategic planning and management in the public and non-profit sectors; application of principles to an actual situation, involving stakeholder identification, environmental scanning, and formulation of mission statements, goals, and strategies. Offered as CIRP 5312 and URPA 5357. Credit will be granted only once.

 

URPA5358 – ETHICS IN THE PUBLIC SERVICE

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

This course examines public service theoretical ethics literature to provide a basis for each student to both reflect upon and expand their comprehension of the values and processes of ethical decision making. Beyond theoretical works, it addresses the application and evaluation of theory against the professional, workaday reality of case studies, ethical codes and other relevant materials. Three major learning objectives are: 1) achievement of a solid understanding of the dominant theoretical perspectives in the public service ethics literature; 2) competency in the development of guidelines and procedures that encourage ethical behavior, and 3) enhancement of the reach and resiliency of each member's personal commitment to public service ethics.

 

URPA5359 – ORGANIZATIONAL DIAGNOSIS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

This class deals with tools and techniques necessary to manage public organizations. The learning objectives include ability to conduct an organizational diagnostic; and familiarity with group procedures and facilitation techniques involved in organizational change.

 

URPA5360 – URBAN MANAGEMENT/PLANNING INTERNSHIP

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Designed to integrate work experience and coursework through a series of brief work-related assignments; presentations by local planning and management practitioners and class discussions and exercises. Enrollment is open to both pre-entry and in-career students. Formal internship placements with agency mentors will be arranged. P/F only.

 

URPA5361 – INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

The course focuses on the rise of governmental and nongovernmental organizations in geopolitics, international development, and environmental management. It analyzes their institutional histories, their organizational structures and cultures, and their role as institutional policy actors in the global diffusion of policy initiatives and managerial knowledge and practices.

 

URPA5362 – URBAN DIVERSITY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Examines the growing spatial and social diversity of cities; how physical as well as socioeconomic urban structures have fostered race, class, and gender inequalities; how urban policies have addressed and can address these issues. Offered as CIRP 5362 and URPA 5362.

 

URPA5363 – CIVIL RIGHTS AND URBAN MINORITIES

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Examines the changes in and growth of the civil rights of minorities in the United States from the close of the Civil War to the present. This is accomplished through the study of court decisions, legislation, and the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s, as seen through the eyes of contemporary writers, including William Faulkner, Alice Walker, and Alex Haley.

 

URPA5364 – INSTITUTIONAL AND OTHER RADICAL ECONOMIC THEORIES

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Examines the theoretical bases of institutional and other radical paradigms of the economic process and the alternative economic policies that logically flow from them. These are compared to and contrasted with the orthodox, or neo-classical, theoretical model of economics, and the economic policies that logically are derived from it. Emphasis will be on how and why the neo-classical model remains the dominant model for economic policy in Western, capitalist countries.

 

URPA5365 – FOUNDATIONS OF ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Explores how environmental controversy is rooted in conflict between a number of schools of environmental policy thought with divergent perspectives on issues such as how to define progress, how to balance the needs of economy and ecosystem, how to cope with environmental complexity, and what role science should play in environmental affairs. Also offered as CIRP 5343; credit will be granted only once.

 

URPA5366 – US IMMIGRATION POLICIES AND PLANNING FOR IMMIGRANTS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

A seminar course where weekly readings would include: perspectives on international migration theory; the evolution of US immigration policy and national security; theories and urban issues related to immigrant assimilation and incorporation; urban ethnic economies and ethnic enclaves; segregation and housing of immigrants; globalization and immigrant labor networks; governance issues with providing education and other public services to immigrants and their children; and social work issues regarding generational conflict in immigrant families.

 

URPA5367 – STRATEGIC HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

This course is designed to acquaint students with the theory and practice of strategically developing, utilizing, and aligning human resources so that maximum contribution from each member of an organization is used toward the attainment of strategic long-range goals and objectives. Topics include HR strategy, diversity, leadership, selection, training and development, compensation, classification, performance appraisal, and future practices for public and non-profit organizations.

 

URPA5368 – PUBLIC HUMAN RESOURCE LAW

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

This course examines the legal background pertinent to public human resource management. Topics addressed include compensation and benefits, employee discrimination, gender and family issues legislation, environmental, safety and health issues, whistleblower legislation, immigration law, workerAs compensation, and drug and alcohol issues.

 

URPA5390 – TOPICS IN URBAN THEORY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Different topics explored on an intensive basis, especially recent theoretical approaches. May be repeated for credit as topic changes.

 

URPA5391 – TOPICS IN URBAN POLICY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Different topics and approaches in analysis of urban problems. May be repeated for credit as topic changes.

 

URPA5392 – TOPICS IN URBAN MANAGEMENT

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Selected topics on current management problems including small city management, community-neighborhood relations, citizen involvement programs and techniques, personal and professional effectiveness as a total person, intergovernmental strategies and styles, public-private sector collaboration and co-planning, privatization, and other alternatives to economic service delivery. May be repeated as topic changes.

 

URPA5394 – SPECIAL TOPICS IN URBAN RESEARCH

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Different topics each semester concentrate on a variety of methodological techniques and research strategies, such as demographic research and survey techniques. May be repeated for credit as topic changes.

 

URPA5395 – CONFERENCE COURSE IN URBAN AFFAIRS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Reading and research in a specialized area of urban affairs under the direction of a member of the graduate faculty.

 

URPA5396 – PROJECT REPORT

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Student prepares report focusing on specific policy or professional issue, utilizing appropriate research techniques; subject area and design of project report with consent of instructor. Graded P/F/R only.

 

URPA5397 – RESEARCH REPORT

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Student prepares report comparable to a journal article focusing on research issue, utilizing appropriate theory and research techniques; subject area and design of research report with consent of instructor. Graded P/F/R only. Prerequisite: URPA 5342.

 

URPA5398 – THESIS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

A thesis conforming to University and departmental requirements may be prepared by graduate students in urban affairs. Graded F, R.

 

URPA5399 – PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION CAPSTONE

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

This integrative applied research course assesses the student's ability to analyze, synthesize, and formulate cogent recommendations to solve a real public sector problem. Students will write the capstone paper using concepts drawn from the MPA core curriculum, their chosen emphasis track, and the student's professional public work experience. Students are required to successfully defend their capstone paper before a Public Administration Forum consisting of SUPA faculty, students, and other interested parties. Prerequisite: completion of all other course work required for the MPA degree, including core courses and emphasis area courses, unless an exception is approved by the MPA advisor.

 

URPA5698 – THESIS

6 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

A thesis conforming to University and departmental requirements may be prepared by graduate students in urban affairs. Graded P/F/R.

 

URPA6301 – THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS AND PH.D. WORKSHOP

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Explores the development and function of theoretical models and frameworks. Examines the major theories from the social sciences designed for framing urban planning or administration issues and public policy. Designed to assist doctoral students in preparing their dissertation research. Opportunities to present work in progress, share ideas, and interact with faculty. Prerequisite: CIRP 5346 and either CIRP 5317 or URPA 5342.

 

URPA6305 – SEMINAR IN URBAN POLICY PROCESSES

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Final course in urban policy field; focus on the political, economic, and sociological institutions in the policy process, including various theoretical approaches, and application of these multidisciplinary perspectives in the analysis of specific policy issues.

 

URPA6306 – SEMINAR IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Final course in the public administration field, focuses on review and integration of the theories and principles of public administration.

 

URPA6310 – MONETARY AND FISCAL POLICY: THE FEDERAL ROLE

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Examination of the role of the federal government in maintaining economic stability, ensuring full employment and controlling inflation; exploration of liberal interventionist, conservative and radical theories of state economic management to assess the various policy alternatives and the importance of interest groups.

 

URPA6315 – PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION THEORY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

This course is designed to critically examine public administration theory through the lenses of various governance models that have been proposed beginning with Weber's "ideal"; bureaucratic model through Osborne and Gaebler's market model to Fox and Miller's postmodern discourse model. The course begins by examining each governance model's stated or implied assumptions (about man, government, state, etc.) Second, the course considers the political philosophy and conceptual pillars on which the models are theoretically founded. Finally, the course examines the ideas of what constitutes a state as it might be relevant to a particular model and public administration.

 

URPA6320 – ADVANCED ORGANIZATION THEORY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

The purpose of this advanced seminar is to examine the role of public agencies as organs of the State. It focuses on federal, urban, and nonprofit organizations. Learning objectives include understanding of interpretive, critical, and postmodern critiques of State's institutions; and application of power, knowledge, and gender lenses to the analysis of organizational practices, culture, and policy actions. Prerequisite: URPA 5320 or URPA 5323.

 

URPA6326 – PUBLIC BUDGETING & FINANCE

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

The primary objective of this seminar is to provide students with the theoretical underpinnings of budgeting and financial management in the public sector. Students will engage in in-depth discussions of public budgeting and financial management topics drawn from economics, decision-making models, urban politics, federalism, and others to be able to have a sound understanding of how fiscal decisions affect public administration and policy.

 

URPA6340 – RESEARCH DESIGN

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Advanced course especially for Ph.D. students; covers logic of research design and problems of structure. Emphasis on empirical and quantitative studies.

 

URPA6346 – ADVANCED DATA ANALYSIS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

An introduction to selected advanced techniques related to planning analysis. Subjects include advanced applied regression analysis, multivariate logit analysis, and multinomial logistic regression. Applications of projection techniques, land use and transportation models, and methods of regional analysis. Offered as CIRP 6346 and URPA 6346. Credit will be given only once.

 

URPA6349 – DECISION MAKING AND PUBLIC POLICY ANALYSIS

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

This course explores the theoretical, practical, and topical connections between public policy and public administration through a decision-making lens. The objectives of the course are to enable students to identify, critique, and connect the theoretical and meta-theoretical assumptions of decision-making models to models of public policy analysis and public administration. Course objectives will be pursued through readings, seminar discussions, and research-based assignments that focus on the intersection between decision-making, public policy, and public administration.