School of Urban and Public Affairs

 

Dean Barbara Becker

 

Web www.uta.edu/supa/

Phone 817.272.3071

Fax 817.272.5008

 

511 University Hall

601 S Nedderman Dr

Box 19588, Arlington, Texas 76019, USA

Graduate Faculty

City and Regional Planning

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

Ivonne Audirac

Professor

Ardeshir Anjomani, Graduate Advisor:

Urban Planning & Public Policy, Ph.D.

Barbara Becker

Jianling Li

Associate Professor

Enid Arvidson

Carl Grodach

Assistant Professor

Karabi Bezboruah

Yekang Ko

Andrew Whittemore

Interdisciplinary Studies

Assistant Director

Michael Wollman

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.

Assistant Professor

Michan Connor

James Welch IV

Clinical Professor

Mike West

Public Administration

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

Richard Cole

Associate Professor

Rod Hissong

Maria Martinez-Cosio, Graduate Advisor:

Public & Urban Administration, Ph.D.

Alejandro Rodriguez

Assistant Professor

Karabi Bezboruah

Colleen Casey

Darla Hamann

Urban and Public Affairs

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

Mission and Philosophy

History and Overview

Accreditation

Scholastic Activity and Research Interests of the Faculty

Programs

Mission and Philosophy

The mission of the School of Urban and Public Affairs is to conduct basic and applied research into urban problems and public policy, to provide services in support of public and nonprofit agencies, and to educate and train students for public service careers.

History and Overview

SUPA was established in 1967 as the Institute of Urban Studies by an act of the Texas Legislature. The institute’s mandate was to offer Texas city and county governments and other public agencies high-caliber, university-based research, training and other technical services. In 1990, after significant expansion of its staff and programs, the organization became the School of Urban and Public Affairs. The institute continues to operate as a vital part of the school.

SUPA is the state’s only university-based center for applied research and service in urban affairs. It is called upon routinely to study and recommend solutions for problems confronting government agencies, nonprofit organizations and private industry.

During its more than 40 years of existence, SUPA has conducted hundreds of studies on such topics as transportation, housing, local economic development, public safety, corrections, education, human services, child care and regional governance. Its reports are included in the collections of virtually every major library in Texas and have been adopted as texts at many colleges and universities.

Within SUPA is the Institute of Urban Studies that is a primary source of information and advice in such matters as computer applications in urban management, home rule charters, redistricting, inter-local contracting, economic development, personnel management, revenue administration, land appraisal, zoning and land-use issues. SUPA is active in training local government officials and in consulting on service projects for governmental agencies worldwide. Urban professionals rely on SUPA for consultation and guidance in accomplishing such goals as urban revitalization, pollution control, conservation, and facility planning and siting.

SUPA uses the most advanced computers, data collection and analysis techniques in conducting research, and its more than 20 faculty and staff draw upon their rich and diverse educational and cultural backgrounds. One distinguishing feature of SUPA is its location in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, a rich urban laboratory of more than 200 cities with a total population of approximately 6 million. This complex urban arena offers a wide array of opportunities for student projects, internships and employment. SUPA faculty, staff and students work on "real-life" urban and public affairs projects in cooperation with city governments, public agencies and nonprofit organizations through the school’s institutes and centers.

Accreditation

The School of Urban and Public Affairs is one of only approximately 20 in the country having both its Master’s of Public Administration and its Master’s of City and Regional Planning programs fully accredited by their respective accrediting agencies.

The Master’s of City and Regional Planning is officially recognized and accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board that accredits North American planning programs on the basis of a strict and extensive set of criteria rooted in planning knowledge, skills, and values. Students enrolled in accredited programs are eligible for certain national scholarships, and graduates of accredited programs may qualify for certification by the American Institute of Certified Planners after fewer years of experience than graduates of nonaccredited programs. The Master’s of Public Administration degree is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration that requires public administration programs to meet strict standards for faculty qualifications, curriculum content, admissions and program requirements, student composition and services, budget and facilities. Accreditation enhances the program’s national reputation and opens doors and provides opportunities for students applying for Texas-based scholarships and nationwide positions.

SUPA was ranked as one of the best programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2008.

Scholastic Activity and Research Interests of the Faculty

SUPA faculty are actively engaged in research and community service projects that benefit local jurisdictions, public and nonprofit agencies with expertise that is beyond the normal scope of their particular services and resources. Typical projects include revitalization studies for inner-city neighborhoods, development plans for central business districts, economic development strategies for municipalities, inter-local contracting studies, and assessments of service delivery alternatives in communities and school districts.

The broad range of faculty research interests primarily focuses on local issues and provides support for local officials and urban professionals, but it also includes basic research into urban problems and public policy that is published in national journals and used in university texts. Research topics include such urban affairs issues as urban theory, development, management, politics, social welfare policy, social service administration and minority relations; such planning issues as urban design, land use analysis, environmental planning, economic development, community service and development, focus group research and group facilitation; and such public administration issues as public management, intergovernmental relations, entrepreneurship in government, education and economic development.

Programs

Degree Programs

SUPA currently offers six programs of graduate-level study:

Master’s of Arts in Urban Affairs

Master’s of City and Regional Planning

Master’s of Public Administration

Master's of Arts/Science in Interdisciplinary Studies

Ph.D. in Urban and Public Administration

Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Public Policy

SUPA participates in dual-degree programs with the schools of Architecture, Nursing and Social Work. It participates with the colleges of Engineering and Science in an interdisciplinary program leading to Master’s and Doctoral degrees in environmental science and engineering.

Master’s programs in Urban Affairs, City and Regional Planning, Public Administration and Interdisciplinary Studies
Admission and Fellowship Criteria

Factors considered for admission to SUPA Master’s programs:

  • 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 (GRE Revised Test: 150), and minimum Quantitative GRE of 450 (GRE Revised: 141), and a minimum combined Verbal and Quantitative score of 1,000 (GRE Revised: 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 Factor 1 will be considered for Probationary Admission conditional on completing an approved Writing course in their first semester.

  3. Other types of admission 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.

Waivers:

i. Submission of GRE scores may be waived for applicants to SUPA master's programs who hold a bachelor's degree from UTA providing they meet certain requirements;

ii. Submissions of TOEFL or IELTS scores may be waived for applicants to SUPA master's programs who hold a Bachelor's or Master's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university

Admission Requirements: SUPA will not grant probationary nor provisional admission to applicants with less than a 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours if the GRE score is not submitted.

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.

Ph.D. Programs

Information Applicable to both Ph.D. degrees

Application Requirements and Deadlines

Along with the Graduate School application requirements, a complete application includes:

  1. Official transcripts from colleges and universities attended. Information about submitting transcripts is available in the Graduate Catalog; and
  2. Official test score reports for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and, for international applicants, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Information about submitting official test scores is available from the Graduate Catalog. The ETS code for UTA is 6013; and
  3. Three Letters of Recommendation. Letters should attest to the applicant's ability to do Doctoral-level work and complete the dissertation. Letters must be from references who hold a Ph.D. degree; and
  4. Essay by applicant approximately one double-spaced page in length (approximately 250 words). The essay is considered both for its content and writing quality. The essay should discuss research agenda, identify the faculty you wish to work with, and state the reasons for wanting to earn the Doctoral degree.

Official transcripts and test scores must be sent directly to the Graduate School by the institution and ETS respectively. Letters of recommendation and personal essay should be sent directly to: Academic Programs Secretary, SUPA Box 19588 , Arlington TX 76019 . It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure all application materials are received by February 1. Incomplete applications or applications received after the deadline will be deferred.

SUPA admits doctoral students for the fall semester only. There are no spring and summer admissions. The application deadline for the Doctoral programs is Febrary 1.

Admission Criteria

Applicants may be admitted unconditionally with a graduate GPA of 3.6, a Verbal GRE score of at least 500 and a Quantitative GRE score of at least 500, except for international applicants who will also be required to have a score of 213 or higher on the TOEFL (550 or higher on the written TOEFL; 79 or higher on TOEFL iBT). Strength of letters of recommendation and quality of personal statement and Master’s degree field of study are also considered.

or

Applicants may be unconditionally admitted with a GPA above 3.7, only one of the Verbal or Quantitative scores greater than 500, and the other at least 400.

Applicants not admitted unconditionally may be considered for admission on probation based on factors mentioned above as well as multilingual proficiency, first generation graduate student from family and community service experience. The Doctoral admissions committee will set the probationary conditions.

The admissions committee may defer the admission decision when a component of the application is incomplete. It may also admit a student provisionally when an applicant is unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission deadline but who otherwise appears to meet admission requirements.

Scholarship/Fellowship Criteria

  1. 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.
  2. Scholarships and fellowships will be awarded based on the criteria unique to each award.

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

If a Ph.D. student does not complete dissertation proposal within 2 years of passing comprehensive exam, they will accrue 2 deficiency points.

If a Ph.D. student does not complete all requirements for the Doctoral degree within five years after the student unconditionally passes the comprehensive examination, they will accrue 1 deficiency point per year beyond the five year mark.

Diagnostic Examination:

The purpose of the Diagnostic Evaluation is for the student to demonstrate potential to successfully complete his or her Ph.D. program. The method of assessing the student's potential is the following:

i. Completion of the first 9 credit hours of respective Ph.D. core courses with a 3.3 GPA or better; and

ii. Towards the beginning of the second semester of the program, an interview with the respective Ph.D. Diagnostic committee composed of three SUPA graduate faculty

Results of the diagnostic evaluation may be: 1) approval to continue in the Doctoral program; 2) approval to continue with specified remedial work; 3) failure, but with permission for assessment through a second diagnostic evaluation after a specified period; or 4) failure and termination in the program.

Upon successful completion of the Diagnostic Evaluation, the student identifies a dissertation chair and, in consultation with this chair, begins to identify remaining dissertation committee members. The dissertation committee must consist of at least three SUPA graduate faculty members, including the chair.

Written Comprehensive Examination:

Students are eligible to take the Comprehensive Examination after completing all core courses of the respective degree. The Comprehensive Exam marks the end of core coursework and the beginning of concentrated coursework on dissertation research and preparation. The student must be enrolled in the Graduate School in the semester in which he/she takes the comprehensive exam.

The Comprehensive exam may result in: 1) unconditional pass and recommendation to proceed to the next phase of the program; 2) approval to remain in the program but a requirement to meet certain specified additional criteria; 3) failure, but with permission to retake the examination after a period specified by the examining committee; or 4) failure with recommendation not to continue in the program.

After the second failure at the Comprehensive exam, the student will be dismissed from the program.

Upon successful completion of the Comprehensive Exam, students complete their remaining coursework in methods and other courses toward the development of their dissertation proposal. Guidelines for the comprehensive exam are available in the Ph.D. Student Handbook.

Dissertation Proposal:

Upon successful completion of the written comprehensive examination, students will work in preparation of their dissertation proposal. This preparation may include independent study or structured courses and is guided by the student's Dissertation Committee. In the semester beginning the dissertation proposal, students are required to take URPA 6301 Theoretical Foundations and Ph.D. Workshop, which provides theoretical background and techniques to prepare the student for completing the dissertation proposal. Students must also work closely with their dissertation supervisor and committee to develop their dissertation proposal. A formal proposal defense must be held, and the proposal must be formally approved, by the dissertation committee before the student may continue to complete the dissertation. Guidelines for the dissertation proposal are available in the Ph.D. Student Handbook.

Dissertation:

Dissertation (minimum 9 hours)

In the semester beginning the dissertation proposal, students are required to take Theoretical Foundations and Ph.D. Workshop (UPRA 6301 for PUAD students and CIRP 6301 for UPPP students) that provides theoretical background and techniques to prepare the student for completing the dissertation proposal. Students must also work closely with their dissertation supervisor and committee to develop their dissertation proposal. The student must present a formal defense of the proposal and the dissertation committee must approve the proposal before the student may continue to complete the dissertation. The dissertation represents the culmination of the student's academic efforts and so is expected to demonstrate original and independent research activity and be a significant contribution to knowledge.

A student receiving advice and assistance from a faculty member in the preparation of a dissertation must register for the appropriate course commensurate with the student's level of effort that is equivalent to an organized course of the same credit value. Once the student is enrolled in the dissertation course, continuous enrollment is required. The student must accumulate a minimum of nine dissertation hours to graduate.

The Graduate School offers Dissertation Seminars each semester and encourages all Dissertation students to attend.

Doctoral students must enroll in a minimum of 3 dissertation hours (7399) in the term designated as their completion term. Students may designate only one term as the completion term. Doctoral students who do not graduate at the end of their completion term will receive a grade of R, W or F and must enroll in a minimum of 6 hours of dissertation research (6699 or 6999) every term until graduation.

The dissertation defense is a public oral examination open to all members (faculty, students and invited guests) of the University community. Questioning of the candidate will be directed by the student's dissertation supervising committee. All members of the student's committee must be present at the defense. Although the defense is concerned primarily with the dissertation research and its interpretation, the examining committee may explore the student's knowledge of areas relevant to the core of the dissertation problem.

The dissertation defense may result in a decision that the candidate has 1) passed unconditionally; 2) passed conditionally with remedial work specified by the committee; 3) failed, with permission to be re-examined after a specified period; or 4) failed and dismissed from the program. The dissertation must be approved unanimously by the student's dissertation supervising committee and by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Certificate Programs

SUPA offers certificate programs (as listed below) designed to provide skills and proficiency in highly specialized areas. Students enrolled in graduate degree programs at UT Arlington as well as students not enrolled in graduate degree programs are eligible to apply for these certificate programs. Those desiring to enroll in a certificate program but who are not currently enrolled in a graduate program may do so by applying to UT Arlington as a non-degree seeking special student. Upon completion of all requirements, a certificate of completion is awarded by the University. Information on all certificate programs can be found below.

Certificate in Development Review

Certificate in Geographic Information Systems

Certificate in Law and Public Policy

Certificate in Public Budgeting and Financial Management

Certificate in Urban Journalism

Certificate in Urban Non-Profit Management

Graduate Certificates

Certificate in Development Review

Certificate Director: Enid Arvidson; enid@uta.edu

The Certificate in Development Review provides training in zoning, subdivision plat review, site design, communication skills, and urban development, while keeping in mind the interests of citizens and the spirit of places. These skills are essential for planners who want to understand proposed development activity, ensure that proposed development is consistent with a city’s vision, and facilitate review of development proposals. The program is geared for both entry-level planners/planning technicians, and for professionals in allied fields such as architecture, landscape architecture, law, engineering, and real estate.

The certificate requires completion of 15 hours of graduate-level coursework. All students must take CIRP 5304 Plan and Policy Implementation. Two courses in land use and development are selected from: CIRP 5305 Land Use Planning, Management and Development; CIRP 5306 Urban Revitalization; CIRP 5311 Urban Design; CIRP 5316 Land Use Law; CIRP 5322 Economic Development; or CIRP 5345 Planning and Real Estate Development. One course in communication is selected from: CIRP 5308 Metropolitan Sustainability and Ethics; CIRP 5363 Communication Skills in Planning and Management; or URPA 5341 Professional Report Writing. Lastly, one course in agencies and policies is selected from: CIRP 5313 Urban Growth Policies; CIRP 5315 Transportation Policies; CIRP 5319 Agencies of Planning and Administration; or CIRP 5328/URPA 5326 Public Budgeting.

Certificate in Geographic Information Systems

Certificate Coordinator: Jianling Li; jili@uta.edu

The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) certificate program provides education, skills, applications, and training for graphic displays of neighborhood, city, regional, and small-scale areas. GIS is a powerful computer-based software tool having capabilities to store, manipulate, analyze, and display spatially referenced information. GIS is used at all levels of government at increasing rates and is an effective tool for business, industry, and institutions.

Upon completion, students will be proficient in selecting, using, and applying appropriate computer hardware and software to display graphic information about their subjects of studywhether their field is business, earth & environmental sciences, biology, social work, architecture, landscape architecture, or any other discipline.

The certificate requires completion of CIRP 5356 (Introduction to GIS), CIRP 5357 (Intermediate GIS), and CIRP 5331 (GIS Workshop) as well as one or two additional courses to be selected by the student with approval of the GIS Certificate Program advisor. Examples of courses that would be approved include ARCH 5329, CIRP 5320 and 5340, CSE 5330 and 5356, GEOL 5303, and INSY 5310 and 5335.

Certificate in Law and Public Policy

Certificate Coordinator: David Coursey

The Certificate in Law and Public Policy provides a basic grounding in the legal policy aspects of such areas as the environment, health, education, economics, social work, and urban and social policy.

Many fields of private and public service today are affected by the legal system and the maze of complex laws and regulations which govern the conduct of public agencies and private entities. An understanding of these legal dimensions and their impacts can be a valuable asset in the modern employment environment.

Additionally, students with an interest in entering law school can obtain a basic overview of the many dimensions of society affected by the law, and acquire a valuable head start in their pursuit of a law degree.

Students already enrolled in a graduate program at UT Arlington need only declare their intent to enroll in the Certificate Program by submitting the appropriate application form to the Law and Public Policy Graduate Advisor. Students who wish only to enroll in the Law and Public Policy 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 2.8 in the last 60 credit hours of baccalaureate studies are required.

Students must complete 15 credit hours, consisting of two required core courses and nine elective hours (3 courses) from an approved list with permission of the program advisor.

Core Courses (Required)

URPA 5325 Urban and Administrative Law

URPA 5363 Civil Rights and Urban Minorities

College of Business Administration

BA 5330 Legal Environment of Business

BA 5331 Law of International Business

BA 5324 Real Property Law

ECON 5305 Environmental Law and Policy

MANA 5327 Human Resource Law

Education

EDAD 5381 Political and Legal Aspects of Education

Political Science

POLS 5355 Topics in Public Laws and Jurisprudence

Nursing

NURS 5386 Health Law

NURS 5387 The Law of Healthcare Malpractice

Social Work

SOCW 6329 Social Work, Law, and the Family Code

Urban and Public Affairs

CIRP 5353 Environmental Law

CIRP 5316 Land Use Law

Certificate in Public Budgeting and Financial Management

Certificate Coordinator: Alejandro Rodriguez; aro@uta.edu

Sound fiscal management at all levels of government is essential for meeting the demands of an increasingly expensive and complex service-delivery system. 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 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.

Certificate in Urban Journalism

Certificate Coordinator: David Coursey

The Certificate in Urban Journalism program provides journalists and others who communicate with the public an in-depth understanding of the urban community, including the dynamics, processes and problems of urban America, especially in Texas.

Journalism today faces a serious dilemma: speed versus analysis. Speed is, in many cases, the objective of the media. But, except for the most mundane events, it fails to educate the listener or reader. Universities are at the opposite end of the spectrum. Speed is generally unimportant, but analysis is essential. Yet the University’s communication with the general public is limited. The Certificate in Urban Journalism program seeks to bridge the gap. In order for a democratic society to work, the public must not only have information, but perspective. Perspective does not mean opinion or ideology. Perspective places today’s events in a comparative and historical context. This certificate program is a step in that direction.

Students are required to complete 15 hours, composed of the following courses: SUPA 5300: Foundations of Urban Planning and Sociology; SUPA 5301: Foundations of Urban Politics and Economics; SUPA 5302: Foundations of Urban Research and Analysis; URPA 5303: The Metroplex; and URPA 5391: Topics in Urban Policy: Urban Journalism.

Applicants should apply to UT Arlington as special students. Certificate students who decide later to pursue one of the graduate programs in SUPA may have the certificate coursework applied toward a graduate degree, with approval by the appropriate graduate advisor.

Certificate in Urban Non-Profit Management

Certificate Coordinator: David Coursey

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 Performance 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. No prerequisites are required 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 degree within 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.