Note: This Catalog was published in July 2009 and supersedes the 2008-2009 Catalog.
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Along with the Graduate School application requirements, a complete application includes:
Official transcripts from colleges and universities attended. Information about submitting transcripts is available in the Graduate Catalog; and
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
Three Letters of Recommendation. For master's programs, letters should attest to the applicant's ability to do master's-level work and complete the program. Letters for master's programs should be from academic or employment sources. For doctoral programs, letters should attest to the applicant's ability to do doctoral-level work and complete dissertation. Letters for doctoral programs must be from references who hold a Ph.D. degree; and
Essay by applicant approximately one double-spaced page in length (approximately 250 words). The essay is considered both for its content and writing quality. For master's programs, 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? For doctoral programs, 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 the relevant deadline. Incomplete applications or applications received after the deadline will be deferred.
Master's programs admit students to begin any semester (Fall, Spring and Summer). Application deadlines for the Master's programs are available from the Graduate School. Doctoral programs admit students to begin in Fall semester only. The application deadline for the doctoral programs is April 1 for the following Fall.
Exceptions to official test scores for master's applications include:
1. 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;
2. 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.
Only one exception to official test scores for Ph.D. applications:
TOEFL or IELTS scores may be waived for applicants to SUPA Ph.D. programs who hold a Bachelor's or Master's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university.
Level 1: Applicants with a GPA of 3.0 or 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 213 or higher on the TOEFL (550 or higher on the written TOEFL; 79 or higher on TOEFL iBT).
Level 2: Based on a majority of enhancing factors and all determinative factors, applicants will unconditionally be admitted with a GPA of 3.0 or 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: Based on a majority of enhancing and determinative factors, applicants may be admitted on probation with a GPA of less than 3.0, and/or a Verbal GRE score less than 400 or a Quantitative GRE score less than 400, and a combined Verbal and Quantitative GRE score of less than 1,000. 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.
Level 1: Applicants will 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).
Level 2: Applicants will be unconditionally admitted 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: Applicants may be admitted 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 doctoral admissions committee will set the probationary conditions.
Level 4: Applicants who do not meet the standards of Level 3 will be referred to the doctoral admissions committee for final adjudication. If admitted on probation, the committee will set any probationary standards.
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.
Admission Changes effective August 2010
The Master's of Arts degree in Urban Affairs seeks to provide students with an understanding of cities in five general and interrelated areas of knowledge:
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 either URPA 5343 or URPA 5345. Students then have the option of taking one of the following sequences:
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 urban policy, education policy, criminal justice, or social services. Students may also devise their own professional devlopment field with the assistance of the graduate advisor.
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 (http://www.uta.edu/supa/Academics/urban-nonprofit-management-certificate-program).
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 (http://www.uta.edu/supa/Academics/urban-journalism-certificate-program).
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.)
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.
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.
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.
URPA 5325. Urban and Administrative Law
URPA 5363. Civil Rights and Urban Minorities
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
EDAD 5381. Political and Legal Aspects of Education
POLS 5355. Topics in Public Laws and Jurisprudence
NURS 5386. Health Law
NURS 5387. The Law of Healthcare Malpractice
SOCW 6329. Social Work, Law, and the Family Code
CIRP 5353. Environmental Law
CIRP 5316. Land Use Law
The Ph.D. Program in Public and Urban Administration (PUAD) is based on a unique interdisciplinary approach in preparing students for a variety of academic, research and senior public management positions in educational institutions, public and non-profit organizations. It provides students theoretical and applied knowledge concerning policy and administration. Faculty specializations include economic and community developoment, education, environmental, transportation and welfare policies, intergovermental relations, organizational structure and change and public finance/budgeting.
All students in the program are required to complete an eight course core field of urban administration and of urban public policy as well as a three course research support field. Students may declare a major area of public administration.
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 April 1.
Core Curriculum: Students are required to complete a specific set of 8 courses, listed below, that comprise the core curriculum. Equal weight is given to Urban Policy and Urban Adminstration with the goal of integrating policy with administration. These courses contain the foundation knowledge over which students are tested in the written comprehensive examination.
Courses:Required Core Curriculum Courses (24 hours):
URPA 6315 Theories of Public Administration
URPA 6320 Advanced Organization Theory
URPA 6324 Budgeting and Finance
URPA 6354 Decision Making
URPA 5304 The Urban Political System
URPA 5305 Theories of Urban Society
URPA 5306 The Urban Economy
URPA 5311 Social Policy Formation
Pubic Adminstration Major (6 hours):
URPA 5323 Public Organizational Change
URPA 5351 Personnel and Human Resources in the Public Sector
Research Curriculum (9 hours):
URPA 5342 Strategies of Urban Research
CIRP 5324 Qualitative Research Methods
URPA 6301 Theoretical Foundations and Ph.D. Workshop
Courses for Dissertation (Hours determined by Dissertation Committee):
URPA 5307 Urban Geography
URPA 5308 Urban History
URPA 5309 Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations
URPA 5310 Urban Policy
URPA 5312 Economic Policy
URPA 5314 Health Policy
URPA 5315 Urban Education Policy
URPA 5317 Urban Environmental Policy
URPA 5318 Social Welfare Policy
URPA 5325 Urban and Administrative Law
URPA 5327 Comparative Administration and Development
URPA 5345 Evaluation Research
URPA 5363 Civil Rights and Urban Minorities
URPA 5364 Institutional and Other Radical Economic Theories
URPA 6346 Advanced Data Analysis
CIRP 5313 Urban Growth Policies
CIRP 5315 Transportation Policies, Programs and History
CIRP 5342 Urban Environmental Policy
CIRP 5353 Housing Planning and Policy
CIRP 5364 Economic Base and Industrial Development Policy
Dissertation (9 hours minimum)
Diagnostic Examination: Each student will complete a diagnostic examination after completing 9 to 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.
The Ph.D. Program in Urban Planning and Public Policy (UPPP) integrates the academic disciplines of urban planning and public policy, providing students with a rich core of substantive and procedural knowledge concerning policy and planning. The Program combines theoretical inquiry and analysis with application, offering students diverse approaches to policy and planning issues. Faculty interests include economic, social, environmental, transportation, land use, international, and political specializations. Students are encouraged to pursue dissertation research using either or both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, and the Program offers extensive preparation in these modes of inquiry. The Program prepares doctoral students for careers in university teaching and research, and also for senior public or non-profit sector positions.
The UPPP Ph.D. is a 48-credit hour program beyond the master's degree, and consists of both substantive and methodological coursework, a comprehensive exam, and a dissertation. Students take a set of seven courses (21 credit hours) that covers core knowledge and competencies in the substantive areas of planning and policy. This coursework culminates in the comprehensive exam in planning and policy. After the comprehensive exam, students take three additional courses (9 credit hours) in their area of specialization in preparation for the dissertation. In addition to coursework in planning and policy, students also take three courses (9 credit hours) in methodology, one in quantitative and a second in qualitative methods, with the option of taking additional methods courses as electives in preparation for the dissertation, and the third in theoretical foundations and research design, which is the segue course into writing the dissertation proposal. Students then take a minimum of nine dissertation hours in preparing and defending the dissertation.
Ph.D. students are admitted to begin in the Fall semester only. The application deadline is April 1 for the following Fall.
The 48 credit hour program consists of 21 hours of core courses in planning and policy, 9 hours of specialized courses in planning and policy determined in consultation with the dissertation chair, 9 hours of methods including a research course intended to help students prepare their dissertation proposal, and at least 9 hours of dissertation credits (see below). After completion of their first 9 credit hours in the program, students sit for a Diagnostic Evaluation intended to assess the student's potential to successfully complete the program (see below). After completion of the 21 hours of core courses, students sit for the Comprehensive Exam intended to assess their understanding of core knowledge and competencies in planning and policy (see below). Upon successful completion of the Comprehensive Exam, students complete their remaining coursework in methods and their area of specialization as they develop their dissertation proposal.
The curriculum is summarized as follows.
Urban Planning and Public Policy Core Courses (21 hours)
URPA 5304 Urban Politics
URPA 5305 Theories of Urban Society
URPA 5306 The Urban Economy
URPA 5311 Social Policy Formation
CIRP 5300 Foundations of Urban Theory
CIRP 5303 Planning History and Theory
CIRP 5310 Introduction to Urban Structure, Policy, and Planning
Methods Courses (9 hours)
CIRP 5317 Intermediate Data Analysis (also offered as URPA 5342)
CIRP 5346 Qualitative Methods (also offered as URPA 5344)
CIRP 6301 Theoretical Foundations and Ph.D. Workshop (also offered as URPA 6301) (taken as segue course into writing the dissertation proposal)
Urban Planning and Public Policy Specialization Courses (9 hours)
Students take 9 hours of courses in their elected specialized area of planning and/or policy preparing the student for the dissertation. Courses are determined in consultation with the student's dissertation supervisor and committee.
Dissertation (minimum 9 hours)
In the semester beginning the dissertation proposal, students are required to take CIRP 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. 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 (UPPP 6399, 6699, or 6999) 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. Students must be enrolled in 9 hours of dissertation (UPPP 6999) the semester in which the dissertation is defended.
The Graduate School offers Dissertation Seminars each semester and encourages all Dissertation students to attend.
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.
The purpose of the Diagnostic Evaluation is for the student to demonstrate potential to successfully complete the Ph.D. program. The method of assessing the student's potential is the following:
i. Completion of the first 9 credit hours of UPPP 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 UPPP 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.
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.)
SUPA5300 - FOUNDATIONS OF URBAN PLANNING AND SOCIOLOGY (3 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
An introduction to research methodologies, both quantitative and qualitative, and statistical techniques useful in the analysis of urban trends and administrative programs.
URPA5303 - THE METROPLEX: SURVEY OF URBAN AFFAIRS, PLANNING, ADMINISTRATION: (3 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
Emphasizes real aspects associated with urban physical environments and social, behavioral and financial processes that shape these environments.
URPA5308 - URBAN HISTORY (3 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
Current health policy and programs, examination of historical development, economic and legal aspects, interest groups and health constituencies.
URPA5315 - URBAN EDUCATION POLICY (3 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 5342 and CIRP 5317; credit will be granted only once.
URPA5325 - ADMINISTRATIVE LAW (3 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
Methodological issues in evaluating public programs; identification of variables, indicators and analyses formats presented. Prerequisite: SUPA 5302.
URPA5346 - DATA ANALYSIS (3 - 0)
URPA5347 - DEMOGRAPHIC METHODS (3 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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, worker¿s compensation, and drug and alcohol issues.
URPA5390 - TOPICS IN URBAN THEORY (3 - 0)
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 - 0)
Different topics and approaches in analysis of urban problems. May be repeated for credit as topic changes.
URPA5392 - TOPICS IN URBAN MANAGEMENT (3 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
Reading and research in a specialized area of urban affairs under the direction of a member of the graduate faculty.
URPA5396 - PROJECT REPORT (3 - 0)
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. Prerequisite: URPA 5341.
URPA5397 - RESEARCH REPORT (3 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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.
URPA6340 - RESEARCH DESIGN (3 - 0)
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 - 0)
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 - 0)
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.
PUAD6399 - DISSERTATION (3 - 0)
Graded F/R only.
PUAD6699 - DISSERTATION (6 - 0)
Graded F/R only.
PUAD6999 - DISSERTATION (9 - 0)
UPPP6399 - DISSERTATION (3 - 0)
Graded R/F only.
UPPP6699 - DISSERTATION (6 - 0)
Graded R/F only.
UPPP6999 - DISSERTATION (9 - 0)
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