Urban and Public Affairs

School of Urban and Public Affairs

 

Web www.uta.edu/supa/graduate/maua.php

Phone 817.272.2338

Fax 817.272.5008

 

551 University Hall

Degrees / Certificates

Master’s Degrees

Urban Affairs, M.A.

Doctoral Degrees

Public & Urban Administration, Ph.D.

Urban Planning & Public Policy, Ph.D.

Graduate Faculty

Graduate Advisor

Christa Barreras, Graduate Advisor:

City & Regional Planning, M.CIRP.

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.

Karolyn Field, Graduate Advisor:

City & Regional Planning, M.CIRP.

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.

Program Director

David Coursey

Professor

Ardeshir Anjomani, Graduate Advisor:

Urban Planning & Public Policy, Ph.D.

Richard Cole

Associate Professor

Enid Arvidson

Rod Hissong

Maria Martinez-Cosio, Graduate Advisor:

Public & Urban Administration, Ph.D.

Alejandro Rodriguez

Assistant Professor

Colleen Casey

Darla Hamann

Department Information

Courses

Master of Arts in Urban Affairs

Dual Degree Program

Master of Arts in Urban Affairs

The Master of Arts in Urban Affairs prepares students for policy and/or management positions in local government, regional government, nonprofit and private sector consulting and for other professional positions in economic development, social planning, community organizing, and urban journalism.

The program is organized around public policy issues with emphasis on the problems and questions related to life in urban communities. Because urban issues are complex and require the understanding and skills of many disciplines, the program is interdisciplinary in character, curriculum content, teaching staff, and enrollment. The degree is built around an urban core with students choosing a policy or non?profit?oriented concentration.

Factors considered for admission

  • 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

1. Unconditional Admission:

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

  1.  
    1. Minimum Writing GRE score of 4.0
    2. Minimum Undergraduate GPA of 3.0
    3. Minimum Verbal GRE score of 450 (Revised GRE Test: 150), and minimum Quantitative GRE of 450 (Revised GRE Test: 141), and a minimum combined Verbal and Quantitative score of 1,000 (Revised Test Combined 291)
    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.  
    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 start of classes 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 while pursuing their Master’s degree or their Ph.D. degree. Deficiency points may not be removed from a student’s record by repeating a course or completing additional coursework. For students who complete a Master’s degree in SUPA and proceed to work on a SUPA Ph.D., any accumulated deficiency points are not carried forward to the more advanced degree.

D = 2 deficiency points

F = 3 deficiency points

I = 1 deficiency point

W = 0.5 deficiency point

Degree Requirements and Courses

A total of 39 (project-track) or 42 (thesis-track) credits are required to complete the degree.

I. Required Urban Core Courses (9 hours)

URPA 5304 Urban Politics or URPA 5309 Intergovernmental Relations

URPA 5300 Foundation of Urban Theory or URPA 5305 Theories of Urban Societies

URPA 5306 The Urban Economy

II. Required Research and Analysis Courses (12-15 hours)

URPA 5302 Foundations of Urban Research and Analysis

URPA 5345 Evaluation Research

Project Track

URPA 5341 Professional Report Writing or URPA 5342 Strategies for Urban Research or

URPA 5344/CIRP 5346 Qualitative Analysis

URPA 5396 Project Report

Thesis Track

URPA 5342 Strategies for Urban Research or CIRP 5346 Qualitative Analysis

URPA 5698 Thesis

III. Areas of Concentration (18 hours)

Students can specialize in one of five concentration areas as described below. As an alternative, they can petition to substitute another self-designed concentration area, such as criminal justice, education policy, social work, or historical preservation.

A. Economic Development: This concentration is designed for students interested in understanding the politics, policy, and management of economic development. Students will learn about the legal and financial aspects of economic development as well as issues related to community development, land use, and real estate development.

Required

URPA 5312 Economic Policy or URPA 5364 Institutional and Other Radical Economic Theories

URPA 5334 Management of Economic Development

CIRP 5322 Economic Development Planning and Policy

Economic Development Electives (chose 3)

URPA 5311 Social Policy Formation

URPA 5331 Land Use Planning and the Law (also offered as CIRP 5316)

URPA 5332 Capital Budgeting

URPA 5348 Cost-Benefit Analysis

CIRP 5305 Land Use Management and Development

CIRP 5310 Introduction to Urban Structure, Policy and Planning

CIRP 5313 Urban Growth Policies

CIRP 5323 Historic Preservation

CIRP 5326 Cultural Planning & Urban Development

CIRP 5345 Planning & Real Estate Development

CIRP 5356 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

CIRP 5364 Economic Base and Industrial Development

B. Environmental Policy: This area of concentration is designed for students interested in careers in the public and private sectors which focus on environmental concerns. Students will study environmental policy in general and may choose to focus their attention of sustainable growth or transportation.

Required

URPA 5311 Social Policy Formation

URPA 5317 Urban Environmental Policy (also offered as CIRP 5342)

URPA 5365 Foundations of Environmental Policy (also offered as CIRP 5343)

Environment Electives (chose 3)

URPA 5307 Urban Geography

URPA 5309 Intergovernmental Relations (if not selected as urban core requirement)

URPA 5310 Urban Policy

URPA 5312 Economic Policy

URPA 5313 Community Development (also offered as CIRP 5324)

URPA 5319 Urban Problems (also offered as CIRP 5342)

URPA 5322 Politics, Policy, and Public Administration

URPA 5330 Community and Neighborhood Organization

URPA 5334 Management of Economic Development

URPA 5348 Cost-Benefit Analysis

URPA 5357 Strategic Planning and Management (also offered as CIRP 5312)

CIRP 5306 Urban Revitalization

CIRP 5309 Transportation/Land Use Modeling & Policy Analysis

CIRP 5313 Urban Growth Policies

CIRP 5315 Transportation Policy, Programs, and History

CIRP 5316 Land Use Planning and the Law

CIRP 5322 Economic Development Planning and Policy

CIRP 5341 Environmental Regulations: Laws and Planning

CIRP 5350 Environmental Planning

CIRP 5351 Techniques of Environmental Assessment

CIRP 5353 Environmental Law

CIRP 5356 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

CIRP 5358 Intelligent Transportation Systems and Planning

C. Non-Profit Management: This area of concentration is designed for students interested in careers in non-profit organizations. The curriculum is designed to education students on non-profit management issues as well as issues related to non-profit clientele and the role of non-profits in urban government in general. Students pursuing the non-profit concentration may also elect to work toward a Certificate in Non-profit Management (http://www.uta.edu/supa/certificates/).

Required

URPA 5354 Management of Nonprofit Organizations

URPA 5355 Nonprofit Institutions

Management Electives (chose at least 2, up to 4)

URPA 5303 The Metroplex

URPA 5313 Community Development (also offered as CIRP 5306: Urban Revitalization)

URPA 5318 Social Welfare Policy

URPA 5326 Public Budgeting

URPA 5329 Financial Management in the Public Sector

URPA 5330 Community and Neighborhood Organization

URPA 5333 Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting

URPA5348 Cost Benefit Analysis

URPA 5351 Personnel and Human Resources in the Public Sector

URPA 5352 Conflict Resolution

URPA5352 Personnel Management and Conflict Resolution in the Public Sector

URPA 5356 Public Entrepreneurial Management

URPA 5357 Strategic Planning, Policy, and Management

URPA 5358 Ethics in Public Service

URPA 5359 Organizational Diagnosis

CIRP 5319 Agencies of Planning and Administration

SOCW 5303 Foundations of Social Policy and Services

SOCW 6371 Community and Administrative Practice

SOCW 6363 Budgeting and Financial Management

SOCW 6386 Grant Proposal Development Seminar

MARK 5311 Marketing

Field Electives (chose as many as required to make total electives of 4)

URPA 5311 Social Policy Formation

URPA 5312 Economic Policy

URPA 5315 Urban Education Policy

URPA 5317 Urban Environmental Policy (also offered as CIRP 5342)

URPA 5319 Urban Problems (also offered as CIRP 5342)

URPA 5362 Urban Diversity (also offered as CIRP 5362)

URPA 5363 Civil Rights and Urban Minorities

URPA 5365 Foundations of Environmental Policy (also offered as CIRP 5343)

URPA 5366 U.S. Immigration Policies and Planning for Immigrants

URPA 5391 Topics in Urban Policy

CIRP 5313 Urban Growth Policies

CIRP 5315 Transportation Policy, Programs, and History

Urban Policy Analysis: This track is designed for students seeking a greater understanding in public policy. The curriculum is designed to give students an understanding of the politics and economics of public policy formation and implementation. Students in this track may choose to take courses related to a specific policy area (e.g., welfare, education, or transportation) or they may chose a more generalist perspective.

Required

URPA 5304 The Urban Political System or URPA 5309 Intergovernmental Relations (whichever not taken in core)

URPA 5311 Social Policy Formation

URPA 5312 Economic Policy or URPA 5364 Institutional and Other Radical Economic Theories

Policy Electives (chose 3)

URPA 5307 Urban Geography

URPA 5308 Urban History

URPA 5310 Urban Policy and the Law

URPA 5312 Economic Policy

URPA 5313 Community Development (also offered as CIRP 5324)

URPA 5314 Heath Policy

URPA 5315 Urban Education Policy

URPA 5316 Human Services

URPA 5317 Urban Environmental Policy (also offered as CIRP 5342)

URBA 5318 Social Welfare Policy

URPA 5319 Urban Problems (also offered as CIRP 5342)

URPA 5348 Cost-Benefit Analysis

URPA 5362 Urban Diversity (also offered as CIRP 5362)

URPA 5363 Civil Rights and Urban Minorities

URPA 5365 Foundations of Environmental Policy (also offered as CIRP 5343)

URPA 5366 U.S. Immigration Policies and Planning for Immigrants

URPA 5391 Topics in Urban Policy

CIRP 5313 Urban Growth Policies

CIRP 5315 Transportation Policy, Programs, and History

Urban Social Planning: This concentration is designed for students interested in planning careers in non-profit and public agencies. The curriculum provides students with knowledge of community organizing and community development as well as offering them the opportunity to focus on specific social issues.

Required

URPA 5313 Community Development (also offered as CIRP 5324)

URPA 5330 Community and Neighborhood Organization

CIRP 5303 Planning History and Theory

Social Planning Electives (chose 3)

URPA 5307 Urban Geography

URPA 5311 Social Policy Formation

URPA 5315 Urban Education Policy

URPA 5318 Social Welfare Policy

URPA 5331 Land Use Planning and the Law (also offered as CIRP 5316)

URPA 5349 Database Management for Urban Plan and Mgmt (also CIRP 5320)

URPA 5362 Urban Diversity (also offered as CIRP 5362)

URPA 5363 Civil Rights and Urban Minorities

URPA 5393 Topics in Urban Planning

URPA 5391 Topics in Urban Policy (depending on topic, with approval)

CIRP 5304 Plan and Policy Implementation

CIRP 5306 Urban Revitalization

CIRP 5310 Introduction to Urban Structure, Policy and Planning

CIRP 5311 Elements of Urban Design

CIRP 5313 Urban Growth Policies

CIRP 5344 Human Service Planning

CIRP 5354 Housing Planning, Policy, & Finance

CIRP 5356 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

CIRP 5358 Intelligent Transportation Systems and Planning

Student Designed Plan: With the guidance of the graduate advisor and program director, students can elect to create a concentration of study targeting their specific interests.

Dual Degree Program

Students in Urban Affairs may participate in a dual degree program whereby they can earn a Master of Arts in Urban Affairs and a Master of Science in Social Work, or Master’s in City and Regional Planning, or a Master’s in Public Administration. 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 on "Dual Degree Programs" in the general admission section of this catalog.

Please Note:

The grade of R (research in progress) is a permanent grade; completing course requirements in a later semester cannot change it. To receive credit for an R-graded course, the student must continue to enroll in the course until a passing grade is received.

An incomplete grade (the grade of I) cannot be given in a course that is graded R, nor can the grade of R be given in a course that is graded I. To receive credit for a course in which the student earned an I, the student must complete the course requirements. Enrolling again in the course in which an I was earned cannot change a grade of I. At the discretion of the instructor, a final grade can be assigned through a change of grade form.

Three-hour thesis courses and three- and six-hour dissertation courses are graded R/F/W only (except social work thesis courses.) The grade of P (required for degree completion for students enrolled in thesis or dissertation programs) can be earned only in six- or nine-hour dissertation courses and nine-hour thesis courses. In the course listings below, R-graded courses are designated either “Graded P/F/R” or “Graded R.” Occasionally, the valid grades for a course change. Students should consult the appropriate graduate advisor or instructor for valid grade information for particular courses. (See also the sections titled “R” Grade, Credit for Research, Internship, Thesis or Dissertation Courses and Incomplete Grade in this catalog.)

Courses (SUPA)

SUPA5300 – FOUNDATIONS OF URBAN PLANNING AND SOCIOLOGY

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

How urban communities develop as human settlements, their life cycles, expansion, and decay. Special consideration is given to social policy. Topics such as poverty, race, neighborhoods, and environment.

 

SUPA5301 – 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.

 

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.

 

Courses (PUAD)

PUAD6399 – DISSERTATION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Graded F/R only.

 

PUAD6699 – DISSERTATION

6 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Graded F/R/P/W only.

 

PUAD6999 – DISSERTATION

9 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Graded P/F/R.

 

PUAD7399 – DOCTORAL DEGREE COMPLETION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

This course may be taken during the semester in which a student expects to complete all requirements for the doctoral degree and graduate. Enrolling in this course meets minimum enrollment requirements for graduation, for holding fellowships awarded by The Office of Graduate Studies and for full-time GTA or GRA positions. Students should verify that enrollment in this course meets other applicable enrollment requirements. To remain eligible in their final semester of study for grants, loans or other forms of financial aid administered by the Financial Aid Office must enroll in a minimum of 5 hours as required by the Office of Financial Aid. Other funding sources may also require more than 3-hours of enrollment. Additional hours may also be required to meet to requirements set by immigration law or by the policies of the student's degree program. Students should contact the Financial Aid Office, other sources of funding, Office of International Education and/or their graduate advisor to verify enrollment requirements before registering for this course. This course may only be taken once and may not be repeated. Students who do not complete all graduation requirements while enrolled in this course must enroll in a minimum of 6 dissertation hours (6699 or 6999) in their graduation term. Graded P/F/R.

 

Courses (UPPP)

UPPP6399 – DISSERTATION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Graded R/F only.

 

UPPP6699 – DISSERTATION

6 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Graded R/F/P/W only.

 

UPPP6999 – DISSERTATION

9 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

Graded P/F/R.

 

UPPP7399 – DOCTORAL DEGREE COMPLETION

3 Lecture Hours  ·  0 Lab Hours

This course may be taken during the semester in which a student expects to complete all requirements for the doctoral degree and graduate. Enrolling in this course meets minimum enrollment requirements for graduation, for holding fellowships awarded by The Office of Graduate Studies and for full-time GTA or GRA positions. Students should verify that enrollment in this course meets other applicable enrollment requirements. To remain eligible in their final semester of study for grants, loans or other forms of financial aid administered by the Financial Aid Office must enroll in a minimum of 5 hours as required by the Office of Financial Aid. Other funding sources may also require more than 3-hours of enrollment. Additional hours may also be required to meet to requirements set by immigration law or by the policies of the student's degree program. Students should contact the Financial Aid Office, other sources of funding, Office of International Education and/or their graduate advisor to verify enrollment requirements before registering for this course. This course may only be taken once and may not be repeated. Students who do not complete all graduation requirements while enrolled in this course must enroll in a minimum of 6 dissertation hours (6699 or 6999) in their graduation term. Graded P/F/R.