Note: This Catalog was published in July 2009 and supersedes the 2008-2009 Catalog.

Program in Public Administration

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School of Urban and Public Affairs
Degree Requirements and Courses | Dual Degree Programs | Certified Public Management Program | Certificate in Urban Nonprofit Management | Graduate Certificate in Public Budgeting and Financial Management
Courses: SUPA, URPA

Area of Study and Degree

Public Administration
M.P.A.

Master's Degree Plan

Non-Thesis

Graduate Advisor

Alejandro Rodriguez
551 University Hall, aro@uta.edu (preferred) or 817.272.3304

Program Faculty

Professors

Barrett, Cole, Cornehls, Wyman

Associate Professors

Arvidson, Hissong, Rodriguez, Tees, Wegner

Assistant Professors

Casey, Wang, Paulson, Bezboruah

Visiting Professors

Whelan

Professor Emeritus

Taebel

Department of Political Science

Clark, Farrar-Myers, Gutierrez, Knerr

General

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

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

Mission

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

Goals

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

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

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

Objectives

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

Admission Changes effective August 2010

Degree Requirements and Courses

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

  1. I. Core Courses (30 hours)

    1. SUPA 5302 Foundations of Urban Research and Analysis
    2. URPA 5309 Intergovernmental Relations
    3. URPA 5320 Public Organization Theory
    4. URPA 5326 Public Budgeting
    5. URPA 5329 Financial Management in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors
    6. URPA 5345 Evaluation Research
    7. URPA 5350 Public Administration
    8. URPA 5351 Public Human Resources
    9. URPA 5358 Ethics in the Public Service
    10. URPA 5399 Public Administration Capstone
  2. II. Emphasis Areas (9 hours)

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

    Emphasis Area 1: International Administration and Development

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

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

    Required courses:

    1. CIRP 5307. Urbanization in the Developing World
    2. URPA 5327. Comparative Administration and Development

    Elective courses (select one):

    1. PAD 5361. Political Economy of Borders
    2. POLS 5331. Seminar in International Organizations and Law
    3. URPA 5341. Professional Report Writing
    4. URPA 5342 (CIRP 5317). Strategies for Urban Research
    5. URPA 5391. Comparative Public Policy-Study Abroad
    6. URPA 5392. Urbanization and Development-Study Abroad
    7. URPA 6349. Decision Making and Public Policy Analysis
    Emphasis Area 2: Public Budgeting and Financial Management

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

    1.Review, recommend, and interpret operating and capital budget requests taking political, economic, and decision-making processes into account; and

    2.Assist the budget officer and other higher-level public officials in performing comprehensive financial analyses and developing financial and budgetary recommendations.

    Required courses:

    1. URPA 5332. Public Capital Budgeting and Planning
    2. URPA 5348. Cost-Benefit Analysis

    Elective courses (select one):

    1. URPA 5312. Economic Policy
    2. URPA 5321. Urban Management
    3. URPA 5324. Urban Public Finance
    4. URPA 5341. Professional Report Writing
    5. URPA 5342 (CIRP 5317). Strategies for Urban Research
    6. URPA 5357 (CIRP 5312). Strategic Planning and Performance Management
    7. URPA 5333. Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting
    8. URPA 6349. Decision Making and Public Policy Analysis (NEW)
    Emphasis Area 3: Urban Management

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

    1.Demonstrate proficiency in the use of applied analytic tools such as program evaluation, policy analysis, cost-benefit analysis, and other management decision-making tools to aid the public manager make more informed decisions;

    2.Assist public managers and other higher-level public officials to understand, analyze, and recommend appropriate solutions to complex public policy issues.

    Required courses:

    1. URPA 5321. Urban Management
    2. URPA 5357 (CIRP 5312) Strategic Planning and Performance Management

    Elective courses (select one):

    1. URPA 5304. Urban Politics
    2. URPA 5312. Economic Policy
    3. URPA 5323. Public Organizational Change
    4. URPA 5324. Urban Public Finance
    5. URPA 5341. Professional Report Writing
    6. URPA 5342 (CIRP 5317). Strategies for Urban Research
    7. URPA 5348. Cost-Benefit Analysis
    8. URPA 6349. Decision Making and Public Policy Analysis
    Emphasis Area 4: Urban Nonprofit Agency Management

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

    1.Understand the different management areas and techniques within the nonprofit organization, including institutional management, leadership, fund-raising, financial administration, human resources coordination, and planning and performance measurements.

    2.Understand the role of nonprofits as community institutions with an outward focus, including the political, economic, and inter-organizational environment, as well as marketing, legal, and government policy issues.

    Required courses:

    1. URPA 5354. Management of Nonprofit Organizations
    2. URPA 5355. Nonprofit Institutions

    Elective courses (select one):

    1. URPA 5313. Community Development
    2. URPA 5318. Social Welfare Policy
    3. URPA 5321. Urban Management
    4. URPA 5330. Community and Neighborhood Organization
    5. URPA 5341. Professional Report Writing
    6. URPA 5342 (CIRP 5317). Strategies for Urban Research
    7. URPA (CIRP 5312). Strategic Planning and Performance Management
    8. URPA 5348. Cost-Benefit Analysis
    9. URPA 6349. Decision Making and Public Policy Analysis

    Emphasis Area 5: Strategic Human Resources Management

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

    1.Demonstrate an understanding of public human resource policies, programs, procedures, and legal issues relevant to the field; and

    2. Demonstrate knowledge of techniques employed in designing performance appraisals, recruiting and selecting employees, and developing rewards systems.

    Required courses:

    1. URPA 5352. Personnel Management and Conflict Resolution in the Public Sector
    2. URPA 5367. Strategic Public Human Resources Management

    Elective courses: (select one)

    1. URPA 5321. Urban Management
    2. URPA 5323. Public Organizational Change
    3. URPA 5341. Professional Report Writing
    4. URPA 5342 (CIRP 5317). Strategies for Urban Research
    5. URPA 5357 (CIRP 5312). Strategic Planning and Performance Management
    6. URPA 5368. Public Human Resource Law
    7. URPA 6349. Decision Making and Public Policy Analysis

    Emphasis Area 6: Economic Development and Planning

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

    3.Demonstrate a general comprehension of the politics, organization, policy issues and legal and financial dimensions of local economic development; and

    4. Demonstrate knowledge of techniques employed in location and impact analysis, strategic planning, revenue generation, marketing, cluster development, site planning, and business recruitment, development and retention.

    Required courses:

    1. URPA 5334. Managing Economic Development
    2. URPA 5357 (CIRP 5312). Strategic Planning and Performance Management

    Elective courses (select one):

    1. URPA 5306. The Urban Economy
    2. URPA 5312. Economic Policy
    3. URPA 5321. Urban Management
    4. CIRP 5322. Economic Development Planning and Policy
    5. URPA 5341. Professional Report Writing
    6. URPA 5342 (CIRP 5317). Strategies for Urban Research
    7. URPA 5348. Cost-Benefit Analysis
    8. URPA 6349. Decision Making and Public Policy Analysis
  3. III. Internship (3 hours)

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

Online MPA Curriculum

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

  1. I. Core Course (30 hours)

    1. SUPA 5302. Foundations of Urban Research and Analysis
    2. URPA 5309. Intergovernmental Relations
    3. URPA 5320. Public Organization Theory
    4. URPA 5322. Politics, Policy, and Public Administration
    5. URPA 5326. Public Budgeting
    6. URPA 5332. Public Capital Budgeting
    7. URPA 5345. Evaluation Research
    8. URPA 5351. Public Human Resources
    9. URPA 5358. Ethics in the Public Service
    10. URPA 5399. Public Administration Capstone
  2. II. Emphasis Area (9 hours)

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

    1. PAD 5355. Comparative Public Administration
    2. PAD 5361. Political Economy of Borders
    3. POLS 5331. Seminar in International Organizations and Law
    4. POLS 5344. Seminar in Border Theory
    5. SUPA 5300. Foundations of Urban Planning and Sociology
    6. SUPA 5301. Foundations of Urban Politics and Economics
    7. URPA 5304. Urban Politics
    8. URPA 5310. Urban Policy and the Law
    9. URPA 5312. Economic Policy
  3. III. Internship (3 hours)

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

Dual Degree Programs

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

Certified Public Management Program

The Certified Public Management (CPM) Program is a nationally accredited program of seven courses offered over a 12-month period. Each course meets two days a month for two months. Courses cover such topics as personnel administration, quality management, organizational communication, public finance and budgeting, productivity, and information systems. The program has been endorsed by the American Society for Public Administration and has been approved for continuing education credit by the County Commissioners Education Committee, the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education, and the Texas State Board of Accountancy. Students completing the program may apply to have up to 6 hours of transfer credit applied to the Master of Public Administration.

Certificate in Urban Nonprofit Management

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Graduate Certificate in Public Budgeting and Financial Management

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

Students wishing to enroll only in the Graduate Certificate in Public Budgeting and Financial Management (certificate) but NOT to a graduate degree program may apply for admission to UT Arlington as a non-degree seeking student. A bachelorís degree with a GPA of 2.8 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework is required for admission through the Graduate School. Students with GPAs lower than 2.8 may be recommended for admission by Alejandro Rodriguez, Ph.D., the Certificate Advisor, based on the following admission enhancing factors: (1) the applicantís 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 masterís 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 masterís degree may apply for admission to UT Arlington as a non-degree seeking student. In either case, a minimum GPA of 3.0 in masterís 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 Ė 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.


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.)

Urban Common Courses (SUPA)

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.

Urban and Public Affairs (URPA)

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.

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