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Vol LXXXVII - July 2004
Graduate Catalog 2004-2006
 
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     Note: This Catalog is superseded by the 2005-2006 Catalog.

Program in Urban Affairs, Urban and Public Administration, and Urban Planning and Public Policy

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graduate web page: www.uta.edu/supa/academics/gradprograms.htm
graduate contact:

Dean

Richard L. Cole
512 University Hall
817.272.3071
cole@uta.edu

School of Urban and Public Affairs
M.A. in Urban Affairs | Degree Requirements | Dual Degree Programs | Certificate Programs | Admission Policy
Ph.D. in Urban and Public Administration | Urban Planning and Public Policy
Courses: SUPA, URPA, PUAD

Areas of Study and Degrees

Urban Affairs
M.A. (See below)

City and Regional Planning
M.C.R.P.
(See Interdepartmental and Intercampus Programs.)

Public Administration
M.P.A.
(See Interdepartmental and Intercampus Programs.)

Public and Urban Administration
Ph.D. (See below)

Urban Planning and Public Policy
Ph. D. (See below)

Master's Degree Plans

Thesis and Thesis Substitute

Graduate Advisor of Urban Affairs (M.A.)

Edith Barrett
530 University Hall, 817.272.3285

Graduate Advisor of Ph.D. in Urban and Public Administration

Rod Hissong
505 University Hall, 817.272.3350

Graduate Advisor of Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Public Policy

Enid Arvidson
513 University Hall, 817.272.3349

Graduate Faculty

Professors

Anjomani, Cole, Cornehls, Goldsteen, Taebel, Wyman

Associate Professors

Arvidson, Barrett, Bright, Hissong, Li, Tees, Wegner

Assistant Professors

Guignard, Rodriguez, Stokes

Master of Arts in Urban Affairs

The Master of Arts degree in Urban Affairs focuses on policy issues and problems related to life in urban communities. Urban issues are complex and require the understanding and skill of many disciplines.

For this reason, the M.A. in Urban Affairs program is multidisciplinary, requiring students to study urban sociology, economics, and politics, as well as other fields related to urban living and urban spaces.

Broad and intensive graduate education in urban affairs can introduce graduates to a variety of rewarding and profitable careers. With the increased urbanization of Texas and the nation, new career opportunities, many of them recent in origin, are becoming available. The M.A. in Urban Affairs program prepares students for public service, managerial and administrative positions in local and regional government, non-profit- and private-sector consulting, and for other professional positions in development, social planning and urban journalism.

By educating young men and women for urban affairs careers, the program seeks to help provide society with the "brain power" it needs to deal with increasingly complex and urgent urban problems.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts degree in Urban Affairs seeks to provide students with an understanding of cities in five general and interrelated areas of knowledge:

  1. Urban Common Courses (nine hours)
  2. Urban Institutions (six hours)
  3. Urban Issues (nine hours)
  4. Professional Development (six-nine hours)
  5. Research and Analysis (nine-twelve hours)

A total of 39 to 45 hours is required for completion of the program, depending on the prior academic degree of the student, and prior professional experience.

In the Research and Analysis field, all students are required to take URPA 5343. Students then have the option of taking one or the other of these sequences:

  1. URPA 5341, Professional Report Writing, and URPA 5396, Project Report;
  2. URPA 5342, Strategies for Urban Research, and URPA 5397, Research Report.

A student may select URPA 5698, Thesis, in lieu of either URPA 5396, Project Report, or URPA 5397, Research Report.

Professional Development Fields

Students can specialize in one of four professional development fields as described below. As an alternative, they can petition to substitute another professional field, such as criminal justice, social work, engineering or business administration.

Urban Management: The Urban Management field is designed for students interested in public service careers or other managerial or administrative staff positions, such as finance and personnel. Student selecting Urban Management must fulfill the requirements as specified above. Students pursuing the Urban Management professional field track with an interest in non-profit organizations may also elect to work toward a Certificate in Non-profit Management (www.uta.edu/supa).

Urban and Social Planning: The Urban and Social Planning field is designed for students interested in planning careers in non-profit and public agencies. Students selecting Urban and Social Planning must fulfill the requirements specified above.

Urban Journalism: The Urban Journalism field is designed for students who are interested in careers in the media with a specialization in urban and community affairs. Students selecting Urban Journalism must complete the course requirements specified above. In addition, students must take the Project Report sequence in the Research and Analysis field, but the course requirements are reduced from 12 to 9 hours because URPA 5341 is not required. Students are also required to take URPA 5391, Topics in Urban Policy; Urban Journalism. Students pursuing the Urban Journalism professional field track may also elect to work toward a Certificate in Urban Journalism (www.uta.edu/supa).

Environmental Policy and Planning: The Environmental Policy and Planning Field is designed for students interested in careers in the public and private sectors which focus on environmental concerns. Students selecting Environmental Policy and Planning must complete the course requirements specified above. Courses in the professional field will be drawn from Civil Engineering, City and Regional Planning and other programs. (See appropriate departments for course listings.)

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 Masters in City and Regional Planning, or a Masters 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.

Certificate Programs

Certificate in Urban Journalism

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 UTA 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 Law and Public Policy

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 U.T. 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 U.T. 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

Admissions Policy School of Urban and Public Affairs

Admission and Fellowship Criteria

Section A: The factors considered in the admissions process are as follows:
  1. Basic Factors:
    1. a. For master's programs, the undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) based on the last 60 hours of coursework as calculated by the Graduate School. For the doctoral program, the GPA based on graduate coursework completed.
    2. b. The Graduate Records Examination (GRE) based on the verbal and quantitative scores.
  2. Determinative Factors:
    1. Letters of Recommendation: Must demonstrate capability to complete program.
    2. Personal Statement by Applicant: Based on quality, commitment and maturity.
    3. Undergraduate field of study in the social sciences or related fields.
  3. Enhancing Factors:
    1. Community Service, especially volunteer service in disadvantaged areas and for disadvantaged people.
    2. Multilingual proficiency.
    3. First generation graduate student from family.
    4. Work experience and level of responsibility.
    5. Geographic diversity.
Section B1: Decisional Criteria for Admission to Master of Arts in Urban Affairs and the Master in Public Administration Programs

Level 1: Applicants with a GPA of 3.0 and above, a Verbal GRE score of at least 400, a Quantitative GRE score of at least 400, and combined Verbal and Quantitative score of at least 1,000 will be admitted unconditionally, except for international applicants who will also be required to have a score of 550 or higher on the TOEFL.

Level 2: Based on a majority of enhancing factors and all determinative factors, the Graduate Advisor will unconditionally admit applicants with a GPA of 3.0 and above and a Verbal GRE score of at least 400 and a Quantitative GRE score of at least 400, and combined Verbal and Quantitative score of 800-999.

Level 3: The Graduate Advisor may admit applicants with a GPA of less than 3.0 and/or a Verbal GRE score less than 400 and a Quantitative GRE score less than 400, and a combined Verbal and Quantitative GRE score of less than 1,000 on probation based on a majority of enhancing and determinative factors. The Graduate Advisor will set the probationary conditions.

Level 4: Applicants who do not meet the standards of Level 3 will be referred to the admissions committee for final adjudication. If admitted on probation, the committee will set probationary standards.

Section B2: Decisional Criteria for Admission to Master of City and Regional Planning Program

Level 1: Applicants with a GPA of 3.0 and above, a Verbal GRE score of at least 350, a Quantitative GRE score of at least 450, and combined Verbal and Quantitative score of at least 1,000 will be admitted unconditionally, except for international applicants who will also be required to have a score of 550 or higher on the TOEFL.

Level 2: Based on a majority of enhancing factors and all determinative factors, the Graduate Advisor will unconditionally admit applicants with a GPA of 3.0 and above and a Verbal GRE score of at least 350, a Quantitative GRE score of at least 450, and combined Verbal and Quantitative score of 800-999.

Level 3: The Graduate Advisor may admit applicants with a GPA of less than 3.0 and/or a Verbal GRE score less than 350, a Quantitative GRE score less than 450, and a combined Verbal and Quantitative GRE score of less than 1,000 on probation based on a majority of enhancing and determinative factors. The Graduate Advisor will set the probationary conditions.

Level 4: Applicants who do not meet the standards of Level 3 will be referred to the admissions committee for final adjudication. If admitted on probation, the committee will set probationary standards.

Section C: Decisional Criteria for Admission to Ph.D. Programs

Level 1: Applicants with a graduate GPA of 3.6, a Verbal GRE score of at least 500 and a Quantitative GRE score of at least 500 will be admitted unconditionally, except for international applicants who will also be required to have a score of 550 or higher on the TOEFL.

Level 2: The Graduate Advisor will unconditionally admit applicants with a GPA above 3.7, only one of the Verbal or Quantitative scores greater than 500, and a combined GRE score of between 900 and 999.

Level 3: The Graduate Advisor may admit applicants with a GPA of less than 3.6, a Verbal GRE score of less than 500 and a Quantitative GRE score of less than 500 on probation, based on a majority of enhancing and determinative factors. The Graduate Advisor will set the probationary conditions.

Level 4: Applicants who do not meet the standards of Level 3 will be referred to the admissions committee for final adjudication. If admitted on probation, the committee will set any probationary standards.

Section D: Other Types of Admission
  1. Deferred: A deferred decision may be granted when a field is incomplete or when a denied decision is not appropriate.
  2. Provisional: An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission deadline but who otherwise appears to meet admission requirements may be granted provisional admission.

Section E: 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 by considering all of the factors in Section A, above.

Ph.D. in Urban and Public Administration

The Ph.D. Program in Urban and Public Administration is based on a unique interdisciplinary approach in preparing students for a variety of academic and senior public management positions.

Students in the program are required to take two core fields of study and two support fields of study. One of the core fields of study is urban administration and the other is public policy. One support field of study is research and the other is chosen from the list below.

For the purpose of developing academic support among Ph.D. students, new Ph.D. students are admitted only at the beginning of the fall semester. The deadline to apply for admission for the following fall semester is March 31.

Program

Core fields: Students generally take 18 hours of coursework in each of the two core fields of study. Appropriate courses in the public administration field are listed below under "Urban Management" and also in the Public Administration section of this catalog under the heading of "Administrative Theory, Practices and Processes." Appropriate courses in the urban policy field are listed below under "Urban Institutions" and under "Urban Issues." Courses from other programs, including social work, city and regional planning, criminal justice, and education may also be applied to the core fields, if appropriate.

Support Fields: Students generally take 15 hours of coursework in the Research support field. Research is a required support field. Students complete a sequence of courses concerning theory and theory construction, evaluation research design, and quantitative and qualitative research methods. At least one course of the sequence is offered each regular semester to ensure the students make steady progress. A proficiency examination is also required in this field of study by all students.

Students generally complete 9 hours of coursework in their second support field. Students can select the other support field from among the following:

Professional Fields: City and Regional Planning, Criminal Justice, Social Work, Education, Nursing

Disciplinary Fields: Political Science, Sociology, Economics, History

Courses drawn from either the professional or disciplinary fields should be related to the overall objective of the program. To assist students in selecting courses, many courses in the urban and public affairs inventory have been cross-listed with the courses in the above fields. A student may also petition to have some other field of study substitute for one of those listed above.

Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Public Policy

The Ph.D. Program in Urban Planning and Public Policy integrates the academic disciplines of urban planning and public policy, preparing doctoral students for careers in university teaching and research, and for a variety of senior public or non-profit sector positions. Through training in both policy and planning curricula, students gain a unique and complementary understanding of these areas.

Students in the program are required to take two core fields of study and two support fields of study. One of the core fields of study is urban planning and the other is public policy. One support field of study is research and the other is determined through consultation with faculty advisors.

For the purpose of developing academic support among Ph.D. students, new Ph.D. students are admitted only at the beginning of the fall semester. The deadline to apply for admission for the following fall semester is March 31.

Program

Core fields: Students generally take 18 hours of coursework in each of the two core fields of study. Appropriate courses in the urban planning field are listed below under "Urban Planning Core Field Courses" (for course descriptions, see the City and Regional Planning section of this catalog). Appropriate courses in the public policy field are listed below under "Urban Institutions" and under "Urban Issues." Courses from other programs, such as social work, political science, sociology, architecture, business, may be substituted for core field courses if appropriate.

Urban Planning Core Field Courses (18 hours)
Required: CIRP 5303 Planning History and Theory
CIRP 5310 Urban Structure and Planning
Choose one of the following:
CIRP 5304 Plan Implementation
CIRP 5316 Land Use Law
Choose one of the following:
CIRP 5305 Land Use Management and Development
CIRP 5345 Planning and Real Estate
Choose one of the following:
CIRP 5311 Elements of Urban Design
CIRP 5350 Environmental Planning
Choose one of the following:
CIRP 5306 Urban Redevelopment
CIRP 5322 Economic Development

Depending on the background of the student, other courses may be substituted for the above.

Support Fields: Students generally take 15 hours of coursework in the Research support field. Research is a required support field. Students complete a sequence of courses concerning theory and theory construction, evaluation research design, and quantitative and qualitative research methods. At least one course of the sequence is offered each regular semester to ensure the students make steady progress. A proficiency examination is also required in this field of study by all students.

Students generally complete 9 hours of coursework in a specialized support field related to the overall objective of the program, with specific courses determined through consultation with faculty advisors.

Examinations (Applicable to both Ph.D. programs)

Diagnostic Examination: A diagnostic examination will be taken by each student after completing 12 hours of coursework. The examination will evaluate the student's progress in the program, and, if the faculty recommends continuation, the tentative program of work will be established.

Research Proficiency Examination: All students are required to pass a proficiency examination in research.

Written Comprehensive Examinations: Students must successfully pass a written comprehensive examination in each of the core fields during or after the semester in which they complete coursework in the field. The examinations can be taken over a two-semester period.

Oral Examination: Students who successfully pass their written comprehensive examinations and proficiency examination, sit for an oral examination.

Dissertation

Students who pass their oral examination are elevated to candidacy for the Ph.D. and may register for the dissertation. The dissertation is the culmination of the Ph.D. program and represents a distinct contribution to the field of knowledge. A dissertation defense is required.


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 X) cannot be given in a course that is graded R, nor can the grade of R be given in a course that is graded X. To receive credit for a course in which the student earned an X, the student must complete the course requirements. Enrolling again in the course in which an X was earned cannot change a grade of X. 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 thesis courses and nine-hour dissertation 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.)

Urban Common Courses (SUPA)

Course fee information is published in the online Student Schedule of Classes. Please refer to www.uta.edu/schedule for a detailed listing of specific course fees.

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